For foodies eager to try creative and unexpected dishes, the menu at La Mar will not disappoint. Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio has created an upscale version of a cebichería, a place where Peruvians celebrate and dine on culinary gifts from the ocean.
Executive Chef Diego Oka’s love for showcasing his country’s cuisine with an edgy twist translates into dishes with unique flavors like Chaufa Aeropuerto, or pan-fried rice, and delicious drinks made from purple corn called Chicha Morada.
Eating your way through La Mar’s menu is a bit like going through Peru itself, a journey for your senses. And with this sensory experience in mind, Peruvian design elements abound in this restaurant with warm woods, plasters, and colors inspired by the ocean.
For a filling meal of the freshest seafood, try the Clásico Cebiche with fluke, cilantro, aji limo, red onions, choclo, and leche de tigre or the Barrio Cebiche with yellowtail snapper, mussels, shrimp, crispy calamari, and rocoto pepper. Guests also can enjoy a lavish Peruvian-inspired brunch on Sundays from noon to 3:30 p.m.
There is no shortage of drinks to accompany the dishes: the focal point of the restaurant is the 13-seat cocktail bar where, naturally, cocktails like pisco sours are a specialty.
La Mar is one of those great odes to gourmet cooking, and Mandarin Oriental guests are fortunate to have it right in their home away from home when they are visiting Miami.