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Published August 3rd 2014
Alpaca ribs - really
"'Will you put guinea pigs on the menu?' [Alejandro Sarvia] said, 'No, I'm going to have alpacas.' Sadly I'm not allowed, but I would love to see you eating guinea pig!" (source)
From Peru to Barcelona, to Paris, to The Fat Duck in the UK, then to Sydney, chef Alejandro Sarvia has now landed in Melbourne, and there's no turning back... but he has brought his Latin American roots with him, and is planting them into the diverse soil of the Melbourne International cuisine scene.
Pastuso, a Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar, is owned by the team behind San Telmo Argentinian bar and restaurant in Melbourne. Head chef Alejandro Sarvia is joined by manager Ben Wood.
Pastuso offers Peruvian street food, ceviche (a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of the Americas, typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with ají or chili peppers; source), smoked meats, and drinks such as Pisco, a kind of brandy (the national drink of Peru).
Need some of the real thing? Look for Alejandro Sarvia's Real Food Adventure tours to Peru. Peru has some of the most diverse ingredients in the world, like ajies (Peruvian chillies), citrus fruits, fish and seafood, grains like quinoa, herbs like coca leaves and huacatay (black mint), wild animals like vicuñas and alpacas. "This is where traditions are kept in their people, and through food we share our cultural heritage with visitors, as a whisper."
Until you get a chance to visit the shores and mountains of Peru, head to ACDC Lane and follow your nose to Pastuso Peruvian Grill.