July 27, 2012

Inca-redible Chicha Opens on Peel StreetIt’s no secret – our beloved Hong Kong can be an impatient place. Having only just barely digested the slew of excellent new Mexican restaurants that have burst onto the scene, the city is once again hungry for something fresh and exotic to satisfy curious diners. Enter, Chicha. This sexy new Latin American number has got Hong Kong’s savviest abuzz and stampeding to Peel Street as they set their sights even further south of the border to Peru. Foodies worldwide are awakening to this hot hot hot cuisine, an intoxicating mix of Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Andean flavors. With Chicha now serving up its amazing and utterly authentic Peruvian dishes in the heart of Soho, it’s safe to say that word has officially reached Hong Kong!

What’s not to love about a country whose national drink is brandy? Chicha has got Pisco, the grape-based brandy, in plentiful supply. Sip on a Pisco Sour to get started and it’ll definitely open your eyes and palette for the unique flavor rainbow that awaits. Executive Chef Michael Van Warmelo spent months traveling through Peru to get a taste for the widely varied flavours and now works mano y mano with Lima Chef Arturo Melendez to ensure each dish packs just the right punch.

To kick off your meal, you must sample Chicha’s ceviche, made the authentic way, with leche de tigre (tiger’s milk). Talk about a party on your plate, this concoction of onion, chilli and lime is rumored to be both an aphrodisiac and a hangover cure. It could just be the world’s perfect food. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Tiradito, a sashimi-like carpaccio seasoned with punchy Peruvian spices, or the Anticuchos, skewers of beef hearts (!). If you’re looking for something more familiar, tuck in to the crispy fish tacos or the suckling pig and pork belly. Either way you will not be disappointed.


26 Peel Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2561 3336

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