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Charango Grill and Bar

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Reviewed by Thulisa Martins

Food
The chef at Charango incorporates native vegetables, fruit and fish in an innovative manner. Go with the Para Picar dish – which is edamame and prawn tostados beautifully paired with Boschendal Brut Rosé.

If not choosing a dirt-rubbed tuna taco with guacamole, wasabi, red cabbage and miso mayo, then the shredded beef taco is a good choice. The tacos are soft and form the perfect casing for the juicy, salty beef. Off the Peruvian charcoal grill, try the lamb churrasco cutlets, cooked to perfection and served with tasty oregano-rubbed baby potatoes, chimichurri, spring onion and a touch of chilli.

The dish named Langostinos Con Platay Limon is stunning – the langoustines and prawns are delicately prepared with fresh flavours of lime, chilli, coriander and garlic, all served with creamy avocados. On the sides menu, the burnt corn on the cob is served with a Moorish yoghurt and melted butter topping with a delicate spice flavour.

Don’t miss out on dessert. The dessert tacos are crisp and served with a light and smooth Valrhona Peruvian chocolate mousse. The popping candy, chocolate pearls and seasonal berries cut through the richness of the dessert.

The picarones are great on a cold winter night. The sweet potato doughnuts are warm, crisp on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside. The dulce de leche is sweet, sticky and smooth at the same time – utter yumminess!

The menu also offers a selection of snacks such as taco sliders, ceviche sliders, prawn tostados and many more.

Drinks
They have a good selection of MCC, Champagne, white and red wine, rosé, beers and ciders. Try the Charango lager or the non-alcoholic cocktails. The Peruvian classic cocktails are interesting. There’s the Chilcano, which is made of Pisco and lime on ice, charged with ginger ale and bitters. Charango also offers a wider selection of cocktails, like the Lima Royal – golden bubbly with floral notes, Pisco and sake.

Service
Well-informed and friendly. Relaxed and professional.

Ambience
Located in a buzzing culinary strip in Bree street, this sophisticated Peruvian restaurant is modern with some brick walls. It has an earthy feel with copper touches and South African mural art by Faith47.

And…
This is a must-visit.

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