Its vibrant Cuban culture might stand out the most, but Miami is a veritable microcosm of Latin America as a whole, from the islands of the Caribbean to the southern tip of Chile. That’s why dining in the unofficial capital of Latin America is such an adventure. In the span of a few blocks, you can enjoy an eating tour of the Spanish-speaking world, with stops in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Argentina illustrating the amazing variety of Latin cuisines. When you dine at Ceviche 105, for example, each delectable bite transports you to Peru, whether you snack on apas a la huancaína (potatoes with Andean cream and red pepper), sip a snifter of pisco, or indulge in the restaurant’s namesake ceviche. So for your next date night in Miami, take your sweetheart to this popular downtown eatery and visit the land of the Incas without getting on an airplane.
If you’ve ever tried ceviche, you know why Ceviche 105 is happy to name itself after this iconic dish. Novice or connoisseur, you’ll delight in pieces of fresh fish or shrimp “cooked” in citrus juices, served with tangy onions, and garnished with roasted corn. Plus, ceviche is only the beginning: Try the aji de gallina–succulent, shredded chicken covered in a spicy yellow cream sauce. Or perhaps lomo saltado, which stir-fries strips of sirloin steak with vegetables and fried potatoes. Or, sample regional fare like Corvina Miraflores, which transports you to Lima’s trendiest neighborhood with steamed corvina fish served in a white cream sauce.
Ceviche 105 is open for both lunch and dinner, but if you come at night, it’s the perfect time for a classic Peruvian cocktail–the pisco sour. A frothy combination of Peru’s famous pisco brandy, lime juice, bitters, simple syrup, and egg whites, it’s an elixir magical as Machu Picchu itself. It’s also a great accompaniment to a dessert like the Peruvian Delight Trilogy, which combines suspiro a la Limena (something like dulce de leche), merengado de chirimoya (made with the sweet, sherbet-like cherimoya fruit) and mousse de Lucuma (made with the fibrous lucuma fruit, which has been cultivated in the Andean valleys for more than a thousand years). Since Ceviche 105 is right in central Miami on Biscayne Bay, it’s the perfect spot to start at night out on the town, whether you stick to downtown or head over the causeway to glamorous South Beach.