Had the pleasure of a meal at Latin Grill, a Peruvian restaurant in Perth Amboy recently. This little gem serves some really delicious, and according to the 2 Peruvians who dined with us, authentic Peruvian food. Was somewhat aware of Peruvian cuisine and knew that this part of South America was the epicenter for many staples of the New World such as corn, potatoes and chile peppers. Dishes here reflect this and as a result, even though it is not mentioned on the menu or anywhere else, this place is a serious haven for Glutem Free fare.
Did I mention it was delicious? Started out with appetizers of ceviche, mussels and marinated beef heart kebabs. There are several types of ceviche on the menu featuring fish, crab, shrimp and shellfish marinated in lime juice, red onion and spices. They were served with potatoes and Peruvian corn (Larger kernels and more flavorful than domestic). The portions are HUGE!
The mussels or Causa A La Chalaca were prepared with chopped onions, lemon and a spicy salsa. Excellent. Could have made a meal out of just them.
Grilled beef heart was a nice detour from the parade of seafood, and was moist, flavorful, tender and loaded with beef flavor. Should not be missed.
For an entree I ordered the Pescado A Lo Macho which was a fried fish fillet served in a spicy, creamy seafood sauce that included bits of shellfish and calamari. Again, the portions are more than generous.
Service started a bit slow but picked up nicely. I had read in other reviews that language could be an issue, though I personally had no problem. It helped to have the Peruvian guys there, though not so much for communication as for recommendations and explanations of the various dishes. They were seriously proud of what their country, and this little restaurant had to offer.
Once in a while we get the pleasure of taking a hit like this one for the team... :-)
586 Amboy Ave.