Peruvian cuisine brings to mind thoughts of sandy beaches thirstily drinking in Pacific waves and the Andes Mountains rising up to take hungry bites out of the sky. Get your own taste of Peru with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Peruvian fare and drinks at Viru Restaurant.
Viru Restaurant demonstrates its authentic Peruvian roots with a wide variety of traditional dishes. Causa rellena de camarones satisfies bellies with shrimp, as long as those bellies like their shrimp hiding inside chilled mashed potatoes that are spiced up with lime and yellow chili ($12). The parihuela, a soupy sea of seafood cooked with white wine, spices, and panca chili, moisturizes parched stomachs with a torrential downpour of flavor ($24). Representing the eternal battle between land and sea, the bisteck a la chorrillana—a grilled New York steak with a sauce made of panca chili, onions, and tomatoes ($24)—wields haricots verts clubs against the pescado sudado, the fish of the day poached in seafood broth and herbs ($19). Placing a comforting cap on dinner, flan reminds diners of former days when sweet, creamy desserts grew everywhere all the time and only cost a nickel ($6). In addition to edibles, Viru Restaurant nourishes guests at the bar, which stocks its shelves with an impressive supply of domestic and imported beers, sangria, wines, and chicha, a drink made of fermented maize.
Eager to whisk patrons away to the Andes, Viru Restaurant has set the mood with black and white handmade vases, color-drenched rugs, and Peruvian music. Because dressing as llamas frightens some, servers instead don traditional cusco vests while they make their rounds to keep to the true nature of Peru.