Gig Harbor is not particularly known for its diversity, Gentle Reader. It was therefore with pleasant surprise that I discovered the new Peruvian place nestled right in its heart. Well, I’m never as happy as I am when I’m eating something I can’t pronounce, so obviously I had to give A Taste Of Peru a try.
Naturally, since I tend to take lunch a little later than most, they weren’t terribly busy. The lovely young lady working the front was terribly friendly; she asked if I’d ever had Peruvian before – and of course, I hadn’t. Wait – this sounds like a perfect situation for The List!
The Task: Let a Waiter/Waitress Select My Entire Meal
The Execution: I was really inclined to try the Adobo, but the darling dark-eyed girl steered me away from it – “You could get that if you wanted to – and it’s good! – but if it’s your first time eating Peruvian, and you really want to get a feel for the flavors, you should try Arroz Chaufa.” And so I took her recommendation. While my food was cooking, she brought me out a sample of the adobo anyway, just so that I could try it – and it was damned good.
Arroz Chaufa, as I later learned, is “Peruvian style chicken fried rice with green onions, bell peppers, eggs, and mushrooms. Topped with sesame seeds.” At the time, I didn’t have the slightest idea what I’d be getting. When she asked me if I’d like hot sauce, I made a noncommittal gesture – apparently the sauce is made entirely from vegetables, in house, and is a sort of delicious orange purée. In fact, everything was delicious, and affordable, and all the members of the staff that I met were courteous – no, genuinely friendly.
The Verdict: Yes, yes, yes! The results were stunning; the seriously kind and friendly young lady was more than happy to choose my meal for me, and everything was delicious. I would say that asking the waitstaff to decide what you’re having works best at non-peak hours – that is, when they’re not in the middle of a rush – but if you like to be surprised? Absolutely do this.
Also, if you’re in Gig Harbor or passing through, I heartily recommend Taste of Peru. For real. Dude. And they’re not even paying me to say this.