I hope you all had a great St-Jean-Baptiste weekend with lots of parties and good food. I had a great time, partly partying and partly relaxing too. No great culinary outing though, except for this past Friday.The Cheap Ethnic Eatz group had an outing at a Peruvian restaurant called El Limon Verde. The decor was a bit odd, it seems to be an old dinner type place but it made for a cool environment. We had a private party room at the back. I think over all everyone enjoyed their experience quite a bit. The one thing that was perhaps surprising to most was the lack of spice. We all assume South or Central American food will be spicy…but that is hardly the case. Many of these countries offer a more bland cuisine. Nevertheless it was an excellent meal.
I had the Yukitas bravas (fried manioc) as an appetizer, followed by the Aji de Gallina (chicken dish in a yellow Peruvian sauce), and finally a really nice strawberry mousse for dessert. The meal was good, but not memorable. The service was a bit poor as well, did not like the waiter’s lack of professionalism. But the one thing I highly recommend is the Pisco Sour…the traditional Peruvian cocktail…EXCELLENT.
We got to meet a few new faces in the group and a lot of regulars. Three of us finished of the evening at a great Plateau bar called Baraca, on Mont-Royal. They specialize in Rum and have a great atmosphere. Thank you to our male companion for the more then entertaining conversation ;-).
Next outing for Cheap Ethnic Eatz……..a dessert dinner. Just sweets and calories. Should be great. Come join us!
Hugs and biscuits,
That was my first time eating Peruvian and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was quite happy that it wasn’t hot so I could taste the different flavours. I guess the manioc appetizers was the spiciest but very tasty and I could definitely eat it again. Yes, the waiter seemed to need some training. I kept waiting for him to ask us about coffee, and then he came around & served tea to several people. He said he’s asked us if we wanted it but no one appeared to have heard that. But I didn’t find the waiting time excessively long. I thought it was a pretty good pick, all in all.
Thank you for you comment and thanks for letting me know you enjoy this blog.
Personally, my favorite pick for a Peruvian meal in Montreal is at El Jibaro on St-Hubert. I have been to Peru 3 years ago…did not hike but I was in the Andes and at Machu Pichu. It is a trip that will change you forever in an amazing way. I LOVED Peru.
Too bad about Limon Verde…sounds like it was good but not great! I wish to travel to Peru in the next year, to hike the Inca trail.
All in all, I enjoy this blog! Thank you!