Cholo's Cafe - Peruvian Charcoal Chicken
Shop B04/ 15 Bowman St
Macquarie ACT 2614
(02) 6253 1554
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Craving charcoal chicken?
Why not go Peruvian?
If you're in Canberra, head down to the Jamison shops for charcoal chicken and you'll find yourself sitting down instead in a small take away adorned with colorful cultural posters of llamas and rose-cheeked children in chullos - trying to decide whether to go the chook or opt for some other authentic Peruvian fare like the lomo saltado, papa rellena or aji de gallina. It's been a few years since returning from a trip to Peru and so was surprised to see these popular dishes available and tasting as good as I remember. I was also very excited to see chicha morada (purple corn, cinnamon and pinapple punch- like a virgin sangria with a twist) and Inca Cola as drinks options and alfajores with dulce de leche for dessert.
I chose and was very satisfied with the lomo saltado - a sort of beef stir fry with onions, tomatoes and potato chips, and served with rice- though I would have preferred the potatoes were thicker and crunchier. I tasted the aji de gallina (creamy spicy chicken), which was so good and brought back memories of our time abroad. The chicha morada was great too and while purple corn may be difficult to find in Melbourne I am happy to report it can be found at Casa Iberica along with Inca Cola (in a sachet like tang!).
The family who run it are very friendly and were pleased to see someone so enthusiastic about the cuisine. It's great knowing there's a tasty Peruvian place in Canberra and am eager to go back soon to try the charcoal chicken - forgot to try it!