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Getting Tasty at China Chilcano

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Spent some foodie time at China Chilcano recently and let me tell you, that place is on fire. Anytime time Josè Andres’ name is associated with a restaurant in Washington DC, I can guess that it’s going to be good. Jose owns a slew of restaurants in DC and I’ve had the privilege of dining at a few.

china chilcano

So when the groom mentioned the idea of grabbing a bite at China Chilcano for some contemporary Peruvian cuisine on a recent date night I said, “What time? I’ll call the sitter“.

We started out with the fried shrimp-pork dumplings (Kam lu Wantan)…

dim sum

and quinoa, corn, potato and cheese lettuce cups (Ensalda de Quinua).

quinoa salad

Then there was the Ensalda de Chonta or salad made with hearts of palm, fried plantain, avocado, tomato and tamarind.

ensalada de quinua

For my entreè, I was really torn about what to order but then went with the slow poached snapper. This fish was so good. And the presentation was just as memorable. I mean the fish came wrapped in a package, complete with a bow!

slow poached red snapper


snapper in pouch

A little lemon juice…wait or was that coconut milk?


Some edible flowers and greens, because all fish dishes must have those…


Then it was ready and I was on cloud nine.

poached snapper

Finished that off with Algarrobina ice cream with a fried spiral cookie and I know I’ll be back.

algarrobina ice cream

Have you tried Peruvian cuisine?

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