By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
If what you want is authentic Peruvian cuisine from an authentic Peruvian family, than Warike Peruvian Bistro is the place to go. This hidden gem, located in Boca Raton, is family owned and operated.
Chef/Owner Roxana Benvenuto heading the kitchen using recipes that have been passed down throughout her family for generations. Her son, Carlo, handles the front of the house, making sure all of his guests are well taken care of.
Warike translates to “Hidden Stew” in the Quechua language spoken by the Incas, the ancient civilization that built Machu Picchu. This slang term is used by locals to describe a hole-in-the-wall type of place with amazing food.
This is exactly what Warike Peruvian Bistro is.
The restaurant is small in size, but big in passion and love for the Peruvian culture and cuisine. The food is traditional with modern interpretations, featuring classic Peruvian dishes like ceviche, causa and Lomo Saltado, a popular wok-stir fry dish made with beef tenderloin, tomatoes, onion, aji amarillo and soy sauce.
Ceviche may be seen on many different restaurant menus, but there is something very unique about the proper Peruvian preparation. It’s simple yet bursting with flavor, and it doesn’t need very many ingredients to make the dish shine. At Warike, you can get your ceviche with white fish, a mixture of white fix and crispy calamari, or a combination filled with calamari, shrimp, octopus, and white fish. The seafood is marinated in fresh lime juice, aji limo (a Peruvian chilli pepper), cilantro and onions, and served with roasted corn and camote (sweet potato).
Speaking of corn, Peru produces over 50 different varieties. At Warike, you’ll find three: the crispy roasted corn you typically see served at the beginning of your meal at any Peruvian restaurant, the bigger, more plump yellow corn, and purple corn, which is often used in sweeter dishes.
Since everything is made-to-order and made from scratch, Chef Roxana is able to accommodate allergies or dietary restrictions with no problem — and she welcomes the opportunity to challenge herself to create something new for her guests. The menu is also very well labeled, so diners know what dishes are gluten-free and vegan.
You’ll feel like family the moment you walk into Warike Peruvian Bistro — and you can bring the whole family too! The menu has something for everyone, even the little ones, as a special kids menu is also available.
Warike Peruvian Bistro is located at 2399 North Federal Highway, Suite B in Boca Raton. The restaurant is open on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m, and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.