Lima’s Taste, located in the West Village, is a small, cozy and vibrant neighborhood restaurant. I love the ambiance and décor, and it doesn’t attract many tourist. With both high top tables and regular dining available, it’s great for a romantic night out, drinks with friends, or dinner with a group.
Lima’s Taste specializes in authentic Peruvian cuisine, with some of the dishes tracing back to the Inca civilization — such as the Escaveche, a chicken or fish dish seasoned with Panca peppers, vinegar, and garlic, served with onions and yucca [gluten free].
Lima’s Taste Specializes in ceviche but offers plenty of chicken, meat, vegetarian, and of course seafood options. Ceviche is made with fresh, ripe fish and seafood, ‘’cooked’’ in the juices of lemons and limes, spices and seasonings. It is one of the healthiest foods you can find, and naturally gluten free!
Peruvian cuisine is a great option for gluten free diners. Fresh seafood, grilled meats, quinoa, and rice make up a majority of the menu. Some restaurants due use soy sauce so it is important to clarify with your server how the sauces are made, but more often than not, Peruvian sauces will not use soy sauce. I usually judge a Peruvian restaurant based on this fact. (For example Pio, Pio uses soy sauce in their Lomo Saltado, and it’s not my favorite restaurant by any means.)
At Lima’s Taste you will find 9 different ceviche dishes, including a vegan option made with mushrooms and tofu. We had the Ceviche Mixto ($17) with fish, shrimp, squid, baby octopus and mussels marinated in lemon and lime juice.
We were served a small complementary dish of Cancha, dried and toasted Peruvian corn, which is typical of Peruvian restaurants. Cancha has a slightly nutty and salty taste, it’s very crunchy and absolutely delicious.
I ordered the Tuna Anticucho ($17), two skewers of grilled tuna and served with two dipping sauces, a side salad and fried yucca. Thee sauces were the same aioli and spicy sauced that came with our appetizer.
Lomo Saltado ($23), one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, consists of cubes of fillet mignon, tomatoes, onions and French fries, stir fried together and seasoned with Peruvian spices. Beware, saltado means salty and this dish is salty!
For drinks you must try a Pisco Sour ($12), a traditional Peruvian cocktail that originated in Lima, Peru. Made with pisco, the liquor used as its base, citrus juice and egg whites, it is refreshing and delicious! Lima’s Taste offers a variety of flavors including the two we tried traditional and passion fruit. Drinks are listed on a chalk board and include Pisco Sours, Sangria, Margaritas, Peruvian Beers (not gluten free) and wine.
All in all the food was pretty good (although it does not compare to my favorite Peruvian Restaurant Machu Picchu in Somerville, MA) but the portion sizes are a bit small for the price. Luckily we had a restaurant.com gift card, which shaved 50% off our bill. (You can get one here.)