Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in coastal regions of Central and South America, especially Peru and Ecuador, where it originated. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers.
Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes, we had our favorite spot in Somerville, Machu Picchu, we loved to go to when we were living in Boston. So you can understand my excitement when I heard about Cevich, a restaurant specializing in ceviche.
Cevich, located in Union Square, has a fast food feel. You walk in, order at a counter, and then take it to go or sit at one of the few counter seats looking out onto 15th St.
Here, ceviche is assembled in one of six styles. Some are relatively authentic, while others were clearly invented by the owners. These styles are available in two sizes, medium ($12) and large ($14) . Each serving allows you to select one of the three types of seafood—shrimp, salmon, and tilapia—or an exotic mushroom medley, or you can combine two or three for an additional $2. Daily specials are also available, and range from squid to pollock. Add ins, including guacamole, avocado, extra sauce, and bacon (really? Bacon?) are also available for an extra $2.
The seafood here is fresh, and they use local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.
We tried the Wild Tiger, “Leche de Tigre,” the traditional Peruvian citrus with red onion, red pepper, and cilantro. At first we loved it, but as we got to the bottom it was overly tart. There was an abundance of citrus in the sauce. We were expecting the traditional crisp citrus taste, which we got at first, but then it was just too much.
We also tried the Lime N Da Coconut, made with Caribbean coconut ginger sauce with mango, carrots, red onion and cilantro. Although I’m somewhat of a purist when it comes to ceviche, I really enjoyed the coconut flavors. The sauce was light and refreshing, and the carrots added a nice crunch that you don’t usually find in ceviche.
Ceviche Bowls are also available for $13.50. The bowl comes with a base of you choice—mesclun greens, coconut rice, or quinoa. Then you select your seafood and pick a style.
The menu also includes three types of tacos, served on gluten free corn tortillas. Burritos are not gluten free, but they are working on a gluten free tortilla.