Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Primavera Trujillana

When I discovered Peruvian food (at Taste) it was like the food gods were finally taking pity on me with a peace offering. I don't know how I managed to neglect this exquisite cuisine for the first 9 months of being here (I mean I could be giving birth to a Peruvian food baby by now!), but ever since then I've been making up for lost time. Per the usual, I shared my new food obsession with my students, who directed me some of the city's best.
One of these, which has since become a favorite is Primavera Trujilla, located on the Belgrano/Nunez border at 1627 Roosevelt. There's two Peruvian restaurants on this short block - Primavera Trujilla is the yellow one.
It's small interior holds a dozen or so closely packed tables that are nearly always occupied. Both times I've been I've gotten a table right away, but there were only one or two more left. The interior is plain and simple with miscellaneous Peruvian decorations and tapestry tablecloths.
It's hard to decide if Peruvian food or drinks are better, so your best option is to go hungry with room for both. Peruvian = piscos, and here the maracuya piscos are the best: icy, fruity and legitimately strong. As soon as you order you'll get the perfect accompaniment to your first pisco, a bowl of cancha. Cancha is a traditional Peruvian snack, which is basically over-sized roasted and salted corn kernels - something like big kernel shaped popcorn with the shell still on.
The menu is about 50/50 seafood and other dishes. The seafood is quite good for B.A. standards, especially ceviche considering it's raw! The mixed ceviche is delish with mussels, calamari and fish in a perfect lime and cilantro sauce. The aji de gallina is another delish dish, especially if you are a non-seafood-eating-freak. Even if you are normal, on a cold day the creamy sauce and big chunks of chicken make for a hearty meal. 
[As an aside I hate eggs and chicken together; it seems unnatural and creepy. But as they say "you get what you get and you don't get upset."]
Ale, the adventurous Argie eater that he is, got the Lomo dish, i.e. steak with peppers and onions. It was good, though the equivalent of getting pasta with butter from a French chef. The french fries were crunchy outside and delicious though!
They also have a killer lunch special. You better get it while you can aka before they adjust the price for inflation. Midday from Monday through Friday they have 9 different options (including aji de gallina) ranging from 30-36 pesos including a water or soda. It's almost like the good old days, before Cuban style economics took over.... almost.

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