9575 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Wed, 04/29/2015, 7:00pm reservation
Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate is the man behind Paiche, Blue Tavern, and Picca. Although the chef has since been ousted by investors (don't worry, the chef is busy working on his new cookbook to hit shelves October 2015), Picca has managed to stay afloat.
Picca is Peruvian with Japanese influences. The restaurant, which means "to nibble," consists of small plates shared amongst foodies. Regardless of Zarate being ousted, Picca has been able to achieve the same flavors that Zarate put in his cooking.
The ambiance is rustic with a modern and Latin touch. Counter seating surrounds the open kitchen to enable guests a view of the chefs in action. Tall bar stools line the upstairs overlooking the dining room below.
The menu is large, composed of ceviche, meat dishes and fresh fish amongst other items. Julian Cox, the award winning mixologist runs the cocktail program (so you know the cocktails are ah-mazing)!
|DESSERT: CHURROS ($9.00): Lucuma pastry cream, dark chocolate sauce. The crisp, fried pastry was filled with a delicate cream. The chocolate sauce was rich, bitter, and balanced out the sweet pastry. Good, but not amazing.|
Overall, Picca is pretty darn good. The Peruvian food fused with Japanese flavors is a great concept. The umami aesthetics were profound in each and every dish. The service was exceptional. Nearly all dishes were timed well and our waiter Aaron was quite knowledgeable. Additionally, I appreciated that plates were changed after two or three dishes so none of the flavors were intertwined. Word of advice: Bring some cash for valet. Parking is extremely difficult.
Notable dishes: Bisteck a lo Pobre and Ceviche Criollo