Paiche Best of LA - Los Angeles magazine
Best of LA Winners


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13488 Maxella Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90292 310-893-6100


Ricardo Zarate's newest push for Peruvian cuisine is aptly named after an Amazonian fish. Both are huge (the spot feels like some futuristic ceviche loft), and both are (or were) relatively rare: Marina del Rey hasn't seen a restaurant of this stature in a long while. The differences between the food here and at Zarate's other endeavors are nuanced; all his ventures execute spiffy Japanese-Peruvian classics. But at Paiche, the pubby izakaya spirit is amplified, with dishes such as cheese-filled yucca fritters, lobster-laden fried rice, and uni-topped shrimp toast meant to be shared over craft cocktails. Elaborate “sa-shimi-style” ceviches rival the visual artistry of a practiced itamae.

Best Mocktail, August 2013 
Asian Paradise

At the Peruvian restaurant Paiche, the bar forgoes pisco to exploit the juicing trend. A gingery bite keeps kale, Asian pear, and green apple extracts from going down too easy.   

Latin American, South American
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