Washington, DC (January 10, 2015) – José Andrés opens China Chilcano, a contemporary Peruvian restaurant, in the heart of Penn Quarter. The restaurant celebrates its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines.
WHAT IS IT?
Dim Sum, Soups, Ceviches, Chaufas, Sanguches. Standouts are the Papa a la Huancaina y Ocopa, and Wantán Especial with noodles, chicken, shrimp, pork and bok choy; and the classic Aeropuerto—fried rice with noodles and 20 vegetables. There is also Ponderaciones de Kiwicha (also known as Amaranth) with algarrobina ice cream, chocolate and a crispy spiral fried cookie, round out the menu.
Featured is the largest libraries of Pisco in the country, and a curated wine list with nearly 50 labels highlighting the South American region, rounded out with some European options. Standout are the Macchu Pisco, prickly pear, passion fruit, lemon or the Pisco Alejandro, Cinnamon-Star Anise macerado, soy milk, honey, and vanilla.
Spanish architect and designer Juli Capella was once again brought on to reflect the ebullient spirit of modern Peru. Highlights include a striking wall mural of a floral-tattooed femme fatale by Cecilia Paredes called ‘Both Worlds,” distressed wood floors and a traditional sunken Japanese dining table inspired by the menu’s Nikkei influences. Red neon lights evoking the ancient designs found in Peru’s Nazca desert hang from the ceiling, and a prominent 300-gallon fish tank celebrates the menu’s extensive seafood offerings.
418 7th St, NW (202) 783-0941 and www.chinachilcano.com