Piqueo’s is just shy of celebrating their 5-year anniversary, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Peruvian cuisine. Piqueo’s opened back in April 2007, and is still going strong. Chef Carlos Altamirano has established himself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to innovative Peruvian fusion in San Francisco. Local trendsetter 7×7 Magazine, included Piqueo’s fried chickpeas on the 2009 Big Eat SF List (number 82).
Piqueo’s also has two sister restaurants: Mochica and La Costanera, also located in San Francisco.
If a more casual dining experience is more your style, Altamirano’s latest venture is the Sanguchon food truck, bringing Peruvian-style sandwiches to an Off the Grid location near you.
Now let’s get to the goodies. The menu offers a dish for all tastes, and here are some of the favorites:
Cebiche de Pescado (fish ceviche) – Red snapper with red onions, cilantro in aji rocoto & leche de tigre.
Causa – Traditional Peruvian mashed potato flavored aji amarillo, lime juice, olive oil
Crab Cake Peruano – potato chips crusted fresh Dungeness crab cake served with
Sweet aji rocoto sauce
Lomo Saltado – Stir fry beef tenderlion with tomatoes, onions, cilantro & soy sauce served with fries & rice.
Piqueo’s ambiance is stellar for a date night or small celebration, as their wine list a mixture of Spanish and South American flavors all ranging from $7-10 per glass or $28-125 per bottle. They have also perfected their own version of a house-blended sangria, which is not to be missed.