I was given the task this evening to pick up some food for dinner. I heard about this small little Peruvian joint in the Kennedy Mall off Hooper Ave. in Brick. When I got there, I almost “chickened” out as the restaurant was empty and nobody was even behind the counter. Undeterred, I walked in to find a few chickens spinning on a rotisserie and a somewhat empty refrigerated case containing a nice looking crème caramel. After perusing the menu (and never having ordered Peruvian food), I decided to heed my friends advice and order the house specialty Pollo Entero Solo (a whole rotisserie chicken), an order of cancha (salted puffed corn tossed in oil/butter), and a glass of chicha morada (a Peruvian purple-corn drink that is simultaneously sweet, spicy, and fruity – think a cold mulled wine or punch).
I’m happy to report that everything was excellent. The most notable of the bunch was the chicken. I must admit that it was probably the best roast chicken I have ever had. It was both juicy and tender with a marinade/seasoning which permeated throughout the meat. The cancha was also quite good once you got over the consistency of the corn kernel. I could see myself eating a bushel of these things at the movies in lieu of a bucket of popcorn. I heard about the chichi morada and while I’m happy I tried it, I doubt I would drink it on a regular occasion as it was a bit too sweet for me. I hope this place lasts as I would like to try some of the more unfamiliar Peruvian fare. I would recommend SP II without hesitation. Good Luck.