Peruvian. A fun destination for bold and flavorful dishes, Fresca in the West Portal impresses with a robust menu of nouveau Peruvian cuisine. Chef Jose Calvo-Perez crafts both classic versions and modern interpretations of Peruvian favorites with all traditional Peruvian ingredients. The best part of this exotic San Francisco restaurant might be the approachable prices, too.
The permeating flavor in most Peruvian food is aji, or the Peruvian chile pepper, and of the 38 menu choices found on the Fresca dinner menu, 22 feature some form of aji. The most well known, the spicy aji amarillo (yellow chile), is found in numerous selections, from the Lenguado Ceviche ($12), where it bathes the sliced halibut in a citrusy marinade, to the Picante de Mariscos ($19.50), or seafood stew, where it lends its distinct flavor in the form of a rich and creamy sauce.
- Excerpt from Fresca Brings Peruvian Cuisine by Heather Thompson