In recent years, Peruvian cuisine has been making an impression around the world. It was only a matter of time before it reaches our balmy shores.
Enter Tono Cevicheria, a sexy casual eatery that serves up all manner of ceviche, alongside other Peruvian specialities and plenty of foamy Pisco Sour, the country’s national tipple of Pisco, fresh lime, egg white and angostura bitters.
Started by Peruvian chef Daniel Chavez of the popular Ola Cocina del Mar restaurant and helmed by executive chef Mario Malvaez, the restaurant is a trek off the beaten path. But with a menu built on fresh, sustainable line-caught fish and authentic flavours, it’s a detour that’s well worth it.
Ceviche, of course, is the star here. Try the Mixto ($25), a delicious melange of lightly blanched prawns, calamari, octopus and raw fish tossed in creamy tiger’s milk, that heady blend of lime, chilli, onions and seafood jus used as marinade in Peruvian ceviches. A gentle sprinkle of aji rocoto chilli ricochets the heat up a few notches. Or opt for the Guapo ($24)—properly a Tiradito featuring Japanese-style sashimi cuts, rather than a ceviche—raw white fish marinated in tiger’s milk, paired with avocado and spiked with capers, oregano and finely chopped garlic.
Tono Cevicheria also dishes up gems such as causas, dreamy whipped potatoes laced with aji chilli and loaded with myriad toppings. Go for the Lima ($22) with briny crabmeat, crunchy tobiko and red quinoa, generously swathed with tangy homemade tartar sauce for an irresistible mouthful.
Other hits: anticuchos, juicy marinated meat skewers paired with chalaquita sauce, a blend of tiger’s milk pimped up with tomato ($22 for chicken, $23 for beef); and the moreish, spiced fisherman’s stew ($34) laced with white wine and Peruvian corn cider, and studded with fresh nuggets of white fish.
#01-49/50 Duo Galleria, 7 Fraser Street. Tel: 6702 7320
Cover: Peruvian spread at Tono Cevicheria (credit: Daphotographer)
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s August 2017 issue – Love Singapore, ‘Restaurants’