Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen Menu
DON ANDRES Peruvian Kitchen Restaurant
After disappointing visits to Senor Pollo, Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen sounds heaven sent. Some of you may have occasional visits at Senor Pollo, where the experiences are a hit and miss, their chicken sometimes perfect, sometimes discouraging to revisit. Those who are near to Senor Pollo and frequent the place often can stand by what my experiences were ~ three times returning to Senor Pollo without any chicken being served at 12:00 noon isn’t amusing anymore – it’s downright annoying. Don Andres’ chicken serves a good replacement and an ambience that isn’t cramped, smokey and perfect for late night wine and sangria meals.
The restaurant has been around since last year, but few have taken notice of Don Andres’ potential. Rotisserie chicken in Peruvian style combos are becoming the norm – Gostoso Piri Piri, Senor Pollo, Bad Bird – but there’s little adaptation from the way Peruvians do it. Don Andres keeps itself a purist in Peruvian concept from Ceviche to its main dishes.
Read my Senor Pollo experiences here, the good and the bad.
Don’t go looking for fried chickens at Don Andres. Peruvian cuisine is best known for its rotisserie chicken marinated in spices and garlic that can exist on its own.
POLLO A LA BRASA (Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken) – P650
Here is how Don Andres surpassed the Peruvian test: it relies solely in the taste of Chicken on its own. The chicken is moist and unlike Senor Pollo, one does not need to rely on the Chimichurri green sauce to keep oneself interested with Pollo A La Brasa. Keep in mind that there are three kinds of sauces at Don Andres.
Along with the Chimichurri, Aji-Green sauce and Spicy Orange Mayo keep it company, the thought of mixing the three and dousing the chicken with the mixture absolutely tempting. My personal favorite is the Aji-Green sauce. There’s some voodoo magic done in this sauce that makes it so addictive. Elevated in taste, there’s a lot of dimension to my chicken, rarely routinary and boring. I find myself digging on white rice which I barely do on a daily basis.
Veggies on the side is slightly spicy (and how I wished even spicier) and gives it an acidity to every bite of chicken.
One whole Pollo Entero that comes with four sides, choice of Arroz or Papas Fritas, costs P650, a knockoff for four people who intend to go on a Peruvian gastronomic adventure. One criticism I can pinpoint is that getting another Chimichurri side will cost you 30 bucks, but in true Peruvian cuisine, you’re encouraged to have as many green sauce as you want.
PIE DE LEMON – P120
Peruvian style Key Lime Pie is a great way to end your Peruvian meal. I love the sour taste in their key lime pie.
Pulpo Al Olivo caught my eye while scanning their menu, but unfortunately during my first time of visit, it wasn’t available. I’ll definitely order this on my next visit, along with the Lomo Saltado.
The atmosphere is casual, earthy and laid back so there’s a lot of reasons as an excuse to return to Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen. While the previous occupant to their location didn’t make an impression to the area, Don Andres is slowly building its crowd of loyalists that’s enough to make a dent in the chicken combo game.
My Second Visit at Don Andres
ARROZ CON MARISCOS – P340
I love Don Andres’ Arroz Con Mariscos, a perfect mix of seafood rice simmered in wine sauce. It’s an incredible explosion of flavors that goes well with Don Andres’ Peruvian style chicken.
LOMO SALTADO – P320
I’m not entirely impressed with Don Andres’ Lomo Saltado. The beef was a bit tough to chew and perhaps there was too much sauce. I would love a thicker sauce base to go along with the onions and frites.
Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen Restaurant Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 3 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 3 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.3 / 5)|