In Search Of Central Jersey Peruvian
After a trip to South Florida, where we had some really amazing Peruvian food (Peruvian Grilled Chicken, Chaufas, Yuca al Huancaina (ANYTHING al Huancaina, actually), Ceviche, etc. etc. -- we are looking for good Peruvian food in Central NJ. Any hints here?
Some research turned up this place, but I can't find any reviews or even menus... I'm not even sure it's really Peruvian:
23 Georges Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ
There's a place on Main Street in Freehold Borough that opened sometime last year as a Brazilian bbq. When I drove by last week I saw a handwritten sign in the window that said "Peruvian Food" or something along those lines. I don't know the name of the place, but its down by the El Meson end of Main Street, but on the other side of the street.
I am not that familiar with Peruvian food (or restaurants) but I've heard and read many positive comments about Planet Chicken in Dunellen. It's on N. Washington Ave., just off Route 28. If you do a search, you'll find lots of personal reviews about this place. Here's a 2005 review from the Star-Ledger:
Not strictly Peruvian, but Peru is included as part of their "Latin American" cuisine list. About 2 minutes off the Tpk, Exit 8, on Rt. 33 East.
Edit- Oh, wait, I see that you were the poster who started the Holy Cow Grill thread back in July after I mentioned it elsewhere. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417975
Well, in case anyone else is interested- it's a great little place, with good food at great prices, and I'd hate to see it disappear...
We visted La Fogata (the place I mentioned in the original post on this thread) last night. It's the real thing. There is a sign out front saying "Churrasqueria and BBQ", but the menu is pretty much pure Peruvian. We had:
-Yuca al Huancaina (They had Papas al Huancaina on the menu, but we asked for Yuca instead - no problem). Excellent. For those that don't know, Huancaina sauce is made from a pepper called Aji Amarillo (Yellow Pepper) and a Pervuian Cheese. It is a smooth, rich sauce. Their rendition is excellent.
-Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken - Moist, succulent, well-flavored.
-Pork Ribs - (Turned out to be American BBQ Style, skip it)
-To drink, I had Chicha (a sweet purple drink made from purple corn. Yum)
I noticed a couple of other tables had ordered Chaufas de Mariscos (Peruvian-Style fried rice with shellfish), and it looked great. Crab, clams, shrimp, etc. Next time for sure. Chaufas is one of the Peruvian-Chinese "Fusion" foods that makes this cuisine so interesting.
The place itself is a nice, very casual neighborhood-like place with about 15 tables. They have their own (small) parking lot, and is in a relatively safe part of town (adjacent to the Rutgers' Douglas Campus area).
We can't wait to go back. On the list for next time: The aforementioned Chaufas, Lomo Saltado, and Ceviche.
An old thread, but... add to the list El Tumi on Route 28 in Middlesex. It's on the west side, across the street from a transmission shop, and next to the Boro Pharmacy. It's hard to see passing by, it has only a small sign. We tried it for the first time last week and found reasonably good. I am not an expert in Peruvian food though, I can't really say whether it is authentic or not. FWIW, we were the only non-Spanish speaking in the restaurants.
This past week, I travelled to NJ from Minnesota and was looking for a good Peruvian restaurant. I found a nice cozy restaurant on 903 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth NJ called "El Condor Pasa Restaurant". The food there is excellent (the Ceviche and Parihuela left me speechless) and the friendly atmosphere will bring me back next time I am in town. I travel very frequently all over the U.S. and Canada and this has to be one of my favorite Peruvian restaurants. Try it and I guarantee you will not regret it. Ask for Jimmy or Isabel Custodio, the owners and restaurant expert chef.
there's this awesome peruvian place in brick
depending on what part of central jersey you're in, it may be a bit of a drive but it's really close to the beach so I usually just go there for take-out and head on over to the beach to eat haha.
their chicken is to DIE for!!!
It's called Super Pollo II and it's on Hooper Ave. in this plaza where there's an Outback Steakhouse.
this place isn't too fancy, it's just a fun casual dining place and man the food is SO good.
The Latin Grill in Perth Amboy is also Peruvian. I wish I had enough experience with Peruvian cuisine to offer a more informed opinion. They have an extensive menu and off the top of my head serve about 7 different ceviches, avocado stuffed with chicken, beef heart skewers and there was a beef stew wih interesting ingredients that I don't quite remember right now.. Every time I eat here I wonder why I don't come more often.
I do know their chicken is very good. Many places serve chickens so small that a half won't get very far. The Latin Grill serves plump, well sized chickens. It also tasted marinated to me. They serve a bright green hot sauce with it. I have no idea what it is but it has a decent heat level while not overpowering, tastes fresh made, and has a thick texture to it.
It also has a nice clean dining room and the owners are hospitable. The easiest way to get there is from Rt. 440 Amboy Ave exit.
586 Amboy Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861-2578