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Mar 30, 2010 05:41 PM

Amazing Peruvian in Daikanyama

One of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo is Miraflores, a Peruvian restaurant located between Daikanyama and Ebisu stations. It's a bit out of the way and hard to find, which may be why it always seems to be empty when I visit, but the food is AWESOME and authentic! I'd be really disappointed if this place failed, so I hope people will help keep it open!

Peru boasts the largest population of Chinese people of any Latin American country and the Asian influence can be found in one of Peru's most ubiquitous dishes, Lomo Saltado - a stir fried combination of sirloin steak, french fries, onions and tomatoes in a soy-based sauce. My friend Judith, a Peruvian national, after taking me to my first Peruvian restaurant declared that I had to order Lomo Saltado to experience real Peruvian food, because according to her, it was what every Peruvian person ate. And my first experience was truly delicious - who would have ever thought to stir fry steak and fries together? In soy sauce? Hmm, must have been an industrious housewife/mother trying to use leftovers from the previous night's dinner. In any case, it's quite delicious.

My limited experience with Latin American cuisine in Tokyo has been fairly disappointing in terms of authenticity - generally "Japanified," meaning that strong flavors or greasiness get stripped out to produce Japanese-palate friendly clean, bland food. But Miraflores in Daikanyama delivered in authenticity and flavor. First off, the decor is the requisite kitschy hole-in-the-wall, complete with loud Spanish-language music playing in the background. The cooks in the kitchen are Latin American, not Japanese. The dipping sauces range from mildly hot, medium hot to very hot, and actually delivers in real heat. And the food is delicious, packed with authentic Peruvian flavors (true, I'm not a connoisseur of Peruvian food, but to my credit, I have traveled and eaten in Peru, and mi madre used to own a Peruvian restaurant with my ex-stepfather). In fact, I'm already thinking about when I can go back to have some arroz con mariscos drenched in their yellow spicy sauce.

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  1. I've been to Miraflores's Shibuya branch (or did they move?) and it was quite good, but I think I prefer Romina and Arco Iris for Peruvian.

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    1. re: Robb S

      I think they moved to the Daikanyama location - I'll definitely check the others out!

      1. re: Robb S

        I went to Miraflores for lunch today with 3 coworkers. Overall we were pleased, although one of my coworkers thought the pork chop was a bit tough. I had the chicken and onions. Thought the aji sauce was good too. A bit disappointing that the place was not even 1/2 full all throughout the lunch hour though.

        1. re: kamiosaki

          Yeah I'm really hoping it doesn't have to close its doors! I've only been for dinner, and the menu might be different. If you have a chance to go for dinner, the arrozes (one with chicken, one with seafood) are the best dishes, very similar to paella, brimming with delicious spices!

      2. I have been to the Peruvian in Gotanda. Pretty greasy and not so interesting. Gotanda is interesting though. It exists so you can save money by not having to go to Osaka. You can get all your yakuza and thousands of pay for companionship places only 5 minutes from Shinagawa. So when your clients ask, "What is Osaka like?"- you can say its like Gotanda to the 100th power

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        1. re: jet lagged

          LMFAO. Though Gotanda is missing a lot street vendors. Great analogy.

          Miraflores sounds like it is worth a visit, tomorrow night perhaps, as it sounds easy to get into