Rahway, NJ 07065
- Cost: $$
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: BYO
- Parking: Street
- Take Out: Yes
September 18, 2015
Solid Peruvian food is popping up all over New Jersey. Our latest find is Sabor Peruano, a cozy family-owned spot in Rahway.
Peruvian food is migrating from downtown Elizabeth into the rest of Union County, NJ.
We visited Sabor Peruano before a show at the Union County Performing Arts Center across the street. Conveniently located two doors over from La Malinche, one of EthnicNJ’s favorite Mexican restaurants, Sabor Peruano is a tiny restaurant with only 8 tables. Don’t let the no-frills decor deter you – the Peruvian food inside is very good.
Sabor Peruano offers a full menu of classic Peruvian cuisine, featuring lots of seafood (fried, grilled and ceviches), fried rice (arroz chaufa) and noodle (tallariín) dishes, soups, stir fry beef (lomo saltado) and roasted chicken.
Order one of the ceviches – pescado, mariscos or mixto – for a large portion of lime-marinated seafood with sliced potatoes, sweet potatoes and red onions. Ask for spicy and they will amp up the “leche del tigre” (tiger’s milk) with more Peruvian chiles (aji). I like to throw the large-kerneled dried corn (cancha) served alongside into the ceviche broth to finish it off. Sabor Peruano’s version of papas a la huancaína, boiled potatoes in a yellow chile-cheese sauce, is also very good. The stand-out dish for us, however, is the arroz chaufa especial, a heaping plate of Peruvian fried rice with beef, chicken and shrimp. All of the portions here are large. The arroz chaufa feeds at least three people.
To drink, try an Inca Kola or homemade Chicha Morada (purple corn drink). For dessert, we loved the Mazamorra Morada – a spiced purple corn pudding served chilled.
Sabor Peruano – Rahway, NJ
1578 Irving Street