Gastón Acurio Coming to San Francisco
I just read in our ever-informative San Francisco Chronicle that Gastón Acurio, famous Peruvian chef, will be opening his first US restaurant right here in San Francisco! According to the newspaper's Inside Scoop column, La Mar Cebichería Peruana will open in the newly renovated Pier 1 1/2 - just north of the Ferry Building (a must see for San Francisco Visitors - especially on market day).
For those who aren't familiar with the name Gastón Acurio, it sounds like its time to put it in your culinary repertoire. He is famous for, among others, Cevichería La Mar, in Lima, Peru, a modern cevicheria where you will find classic ceviches and seafood dishes plus a number of modern variations like sushi and Asian-flavoured dishes. It sounds like the San Francisco location will somewhat replicate the open air feel of the original restaurant. The rear of the restaurant will open onto a marina for water taxis and other small boats.
Fans of Peruvian Cuisine can travel to Peru and learn first hand the art of this culinary craze. Travelers should note that Lima, Cusco and most other parts of Peru are open for business despite the recent earthquake. Areas of the Southern Coast which were affected are doing their best to bring things back to order and those hotels that withstood the tremors (see our list here) could use the extra support during this time.