WRITTEN BY CLAUDIA ODDO
Chimu Peruvian Cuisine & Steak House is one of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets, but is also one of the top authentic Peruvian restaurants in New York.
Located in northern Williamsburg at 482 Union Avenue, it is easily accessible by the MTA via the G and L lines, and also has available parking near the restaurant.
The restaurant’s location in Williamsburg places it in the middle of one of the main Brooklyn nightspots. Placed on a cozy Brooklyn corner, the outside appearance of Chimu is welcoming, and boasts a great interior design.
Not to mention that the restaurant serves amazing (and reasonably priced) food.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by friendly faces that soon show their customers to their seats, as there is little waiting time on most weeknights; reservations for groups can be made in advance for busy weekend nights.
The atmosphere exerts a relaxed romantic vibe, with dim lighting. Each table holds small flickering candles in the darkness, creating a warmhearted mood. The walls are painted wine red, with a few pieces of artwork placed upon them. Black square-shaped and round-shaped tables are placed against the walls, seating four or more people.
Clientele include families to young couples, and groups of people out for dinner before a lively night in Williamsburg; with people of all different ethnic backgrounds, Chimu is an inviting place for all.
The bar is located in the middle of the restaurant with a wide range of alcohol selections to choose from, and offers some of the best sangria. The wine selection includes red or white, and the beer selection includes Cristal, Cuzqueña and Corona.
The bathrooms are located toward the end of the restaurant, and the staff keeps them spotless and well equipped at all times; they are also conveniently located next to a mirrored wall for any quick and necessary outfit adjustments.
The background music ranges from Peruvian to Spanish music of all countries; each type is pleasant to listen to and it certainly contributes to the lovely foreign experience for people of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures.
Once seated at a table, waiters serve Cancha (a popular toasted corn snack in Peru) immediately with picante on the side (a spicy green sauce which accompanies all kinds of dishes).
Each table is given to a waiter that greets the customers amiably, and continues to return to the table to check for refills, drinks, or any extra assistance. Additional staff is always available if one’s own waiter may be busy with another table.
After being seated, the five-page menu is given, which includes selections of appetizers, soups, salads, meat entrees, Peruvian style rotisserie chicken, side dishes, specialties, and beverages, such as Peru’s infamous golden soda – Inca Cola.
The most recommendable appetizers are “Papa a la Huancaina,” which consists of boiled potatoes covered in Peruvian cheese sauce, and Ceviche Mixto, which is lime marinated mixed seafood with pieces of potatoes and corn.
The most unique side dishes offered are fried yucca, and also salchipapas (a mix of square cut French fries and hot dog slices). The avocado salad is also a delicious way to begin a meal, or to order as a side dish.
Some of the top authentic dishes are Aji de Gallina, which is chicken breast served in a creamy sauce with aji amarillo, peanuts, served over boiled potato with rice; “Parrillada para 2,” which is mixed grilled cuts, short ribs, skirt steak, shell steak, sausage, blood sausage, one quarter chicken – all served in a steaming hot large bowl in which smoke almost dances above the plate. Jalea, a Peruvian style fried seafood mix with salsa criolla, is equally as appetizing.
The most delectable main course is the well-known Peruvian dish called “Lomo Saltado de Carne.” Like all of Chimu’s servings, the plate is filled to capacity with stir-fired pieces of meat, French fries, onion and tomatoes slices. The choice is given to have it served with white or colored rice, and combined with beans. The portion is so large that one may share with another or choose to take the leftovers straight home. This dish can also be ordered with chicken.
The price of this delectable dish falls under $15 – a remarkable price for such a tasty meal.
Deserts include tiramisu, sorbet (coconut, pineapple, coco or piña), lúcuma (native Peruvian fruit) ice cream, rice pudding, picarones (crispy doughnut-like fried treats), and torta de tres leches, or “cake of three milks” due to the use of evaporated, condensed and whole milks. Tea and coffee are also offered toward the end of meals.
There is no rush from the staff to leave the restaurant, as many people remain to relax and socialize for a reasonable amount of time after dinner. Once the bill is paid, on more then one occasion if the boss is around, Chimu cards are handed out for a 20% off one’s next meal.
Chimu excels in taste, price, service, and is ideal in its location. This small Peruvian restaurant has an authentic feel that allows whoever dines there to be transported to this South American country. This delicious Peruvian experience is recommended for all in the New York area.