Peruvian-inspired Paiche was just named the best in Portland by Willamette Week. Paiche is delighting diners in its warm, wood accented digs on Corbett Ave and now has the recognition it so deserves. Lima born, Chef Jose Luis de Cossio brings an original mix of sophistication and comfort to South American cuisine with a Northwest flair.
Open for dinner only on Wednesday to Saturday, Paiche concentrates more innovation and flavors into those hours providing a worthy destination for a unique, inviting foodie experience. The menu will change with seasonal offerings from the sea. Traditional “cebiche de pescado” with Chef Jose Luis’ interpretation of the classic Leche de Tigre, anchor the offerings. Jose Luis insists the best way to appreciate the flavors is by eating the cebiche with a spoon, unmasking interplay between ingredients without imposing the will of a cracker or tortilla chip. Sudado Norteño, features a poached lemon snapper balanced on squash and turnips in a sauce that escapes description. The daily special of braised, red, deep-sea crab in another exquisite sauce, is topped with the Pastel de Papa Morada, a purple potato gratin. The accent of two types of Peruvian corn pops up in these dishes, providing a savory counterpoint to the ocean’s bounty.
The coffee bar is full service and only open in the early morning with breakfast items that easily travel. Vegan options and green smoothies round out a healthy selection. Paiche serves wine and beer with dinner, and has plans to upgrade to a full bar to include the traditional Pisco Sour on the drink menu.
This twenty-four seat eatery on Corbett is bound to be a popular ticket now and well into the future. Make your plans to experience Portland's best.