Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef's word for “water” is “salt.” Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fusion Peruvian cuisine at Piqueo's.
Piqueo's owner and executive chef Carlos Altamirano channels the flavors of his native Peru to create a seasonal menu of shareable tapas and entrees. To compile his ceviches––Peru’s national dish––he marinates fish and shellfish in lime juice and peppers ($13–$16) to pique appetites for the small plates, which come in varieties such as duck quesadilla ($14) or crispy ham-and-cheese-stuffed yucca balls ($13). The quinoa-encrusted salmon Andino sports responsible chaperones of barley stew and escabeche ($20), and the classic paella marries a school of fresh seafood with arborio rice simmered in saffron-tomato sauce ($22), all without the cadre of fussy bridesmaids.
Light fixtures shaped like giant droplets drip soft light throughout Piqueo’s dining room as diners sip reds and whites from the wine list and discuss their favorite tapas plate or string theorist.
830 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, California 94110Get Directions