Last Friday we were invited to have dinner at Callao, a Peruvian restaurant by chef Jaime Pesaque (Also chef of Mayta, Nr 49 of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants 2019). It was a especial evening since Jaime and Jose del Castillo (Chef of Isolina, Nr 12 of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants 2019) were both in NL cooking a set menu that night.
The evening started with a Pisco Sour workshop made with chicha morada (Peru’s national drink made with dried purple corn and spices). Then we got a demo of how to make a causa with seared tuna by Jaime. And how to make a ceviche carretillero (with fried calamari) by Jose.
The best part was of course getting to taste them. I haven’t been in Peru in 5 years so I’m always excited to eat my country’s food. The whole evening was a delicious treat. The actual diner entailed of classic ceviche. A vegetarian tiradito made with roasted heart of palm. A more cold weather kind of causa with mushrooms and crispy kale. The mains were beef rib seco and aji de gallina. And for dessert we had manjar de lucuma.
Callao is located at the fishing port in the Hague. It has only been open for a few months and it is definitely worth a visit if you are craving Peruvian food, or just want to give it a try.