Although we love typical Nicaraguan dishes like ceviche and Jalapeño chicken living in San Juan del Sur often leaves us craving other international flavours. I have to say…when Gordon and I learned about a new Peruvian restaurant that had opened up in town… we got a little excited!
Positioned between two local laundry shops, with seating for nine, Nazca Picchu is a quaint little eatery.
Upon arrival owner Alfredo Nuñez greeted us with a warm welcome and friendly smile. Since neither Gordon or I have ever tried Peruvian food we really appreciated the time he spent with us to explain the menu and offer some personal recommendations.
WHAT WE ATE
With so many great dishes to choose from, including plenty of interesting vegetarian options, we had a hard time deciding what to order. In the end we chose two dishes to share – Passion Fruit Ceviche and Causa Limeña with chicken.
Lime is more commonly used in ceviche here in Nicaragua, but the substitution of passion fruit in this particular dish really allowed the subtle flavours of the shrimp and fish to shine through. Sweet potatoes which are rarely seen in Nicaragua, were a nice treat and welcome addition. Our chosen side of soft warm garlic bread was the perfect accompaniment.
The Causa Limeña was beautifully layered with mashed potatoes, avocado and shredded chicken. It reminded us of a potato salad, but with much more pizzaz and flavor.
The two dishes complimented each other very well. We finished our meal feeling pleasantly full and satisfied, but not stuffed.
Nazca Picchu isn’t the fanciest place in town, nor does it have the best view but we personally loved the food and the setting. With menu items ranging in price from $5 – $9 USD lunch or dinner at Nazca Picchu doesn’t break the bank.
It was clear to see that the owner Alfredo is passionate about his food and his new endeavour. The dishes we ordered were a reflection of such. Kudos also to chef Erick Martini on a job well done!
If you’re in San Juan del Sur and looking to try something a little different from the typical Nicaraguan fare Nazca Picchu is definitely worth a visit.
75 meters south of Hotel Colonial
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Open 7 days a week
11 am – 9:30 pm
Prices range from $5 – $9 USD
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Gordon and I did not receive compensation in exchange for this review.
This traditional Nicaraguan dish consists of a cabbage salad known as curtido (chopped cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and chili pepper marinated in vinegar and salt), boiled yuca, and chicharrones (fried pork with skin or with meat) wrapped in banana leaf. This dish is often eaten without silverware. At C$40 ($1.48 USD) vigorón makes for a tasty, filling and affordable lunch.
#2 TOSTONES CON QUESO
An appetizer that you’ll find on the menu at almost every Nicaraguan restaurant is Tostones con Queso. This simple snack of fried plantains topped with a cube of deep fried cheese is often served with chilero (a mixture of pickled onions, carrots and hot peppers). This dish is enjoyed by Nicaraguans, tourists and travellers alike.
#3 JALAPEÑO CHICKEN
For Gordon Nicaraguan salsa de jalapeño is like Frank’s® RedHot®. He could “Put that s^#t on everything”. But his favorite way to have it? On chicken! Sautéed jalapeño and onions are combined with sour cream and a little bit of milk to make this tasty sauce which is typically served on chicken, but is equally as good on steak or fish.
Ceviche spooned onto crackers with a dash of chile is one of my favorite Nicaraguan appetizers. It’s a nice light tasty snack that is great for sharing. If you enjoy fish (cooked or raw) and have yet to sample ceviche I highly recommend you give it a try.
#5 TAJADAS DE POLLO
Barbecued chicken with thinly sliced fried green plantains (tajadas), gallo pinto and cabbage salad (curtido) is a staple at most every Nicaraguan fritanga and happens to be another favorite typical dish of ours. We enjoyed this particular version of Tajadas de Pollo at Chiverias which is located in San Juan del Sur on the corner near Zen Yoga and the church square.
#6 PESCADO FRITO ENTERO
Prior to moving to Nicaragua I can’t ever recall a time when I ate whole fried fish, but now it’s my absolute favorite way to have it. This dish is almost always served with salad, rice and tostoñes and a garlic or tomato salsa. At C$180 ($6.74 USD) for fresh fish and three sides it doesn’t get much better than this.
What is your favorite traditional Nicaraguan dish?