Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with transatlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Peruvian cuisine at Quechua in Norwalk.
Lauded in the New York Times, Quechua's lineup of Andean platters stand taste buds at attention with tangy ceviches and seafood specialties as well as meat and vegetarian entrees. Lemon juice and peruvian chili imbue six kinds of ceviche with a citrus spark, including the ceviche sampler's cavalcade of fish, mixed shrimp, and octopus ($29) borne upon a frothing wave and served by a muscular surfer. The pescado sudado sprinkles a steamed fish fillet with South American herbs, white onions, and tomatoes ($19), whereas the picante de mariscos o camarones ($21) lets diners dapple house-made creamy sauce with morsels of either mixed seafood or shrimp. Forks can also tangle in the tallerine verde con bisteck's spaghetti ($24), which arrives flaunting verdant basil and spinach accouterments and a skirt-steak centerpiece. The entree handily transforms into spaghetti en salsa verde ($11.50), a meat-free alter ego that lurks on the streets at night, waiting to perform heroic deeds.
With a high percentage of seasonal, local, and organic ingredients ready to spring from their kitchen, Quechua's chefs strive to imbue their Peruvian staples with sustainable zest. The dining room's warm, burnt-orange walls provide soothing balance to the flavorful fare, and authentic Peruvian tapestries for sale dangle tableside where they serenade customers with traditional folk songs.