By Sue Arrowsmith
Unless you work in the area, most people still think of downtown Miami as a business hub with government buildings, crowded stores and no-parking zones.
But in recent years, downtown has experienced a sort of rebirth and is now booming with luxury condos, new businesses and a slew of fine eateries that, sadly, are more often discovered by tourists coming off the cruise ships than locals.
Ceviche 105 is a hidden gem. On the outside, it doesn’t look like much, and barely visible behind a row of parked vehicles. But inside, the restaurant is surprisingly spacious, luxurious and modern.
The restaurant features more than a dozen ceviche and tiradito dishes. Tiraditos are smaller versions of ceviche, fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices. Oh yeah, and enjoy complimentary Cancha, toasted Peruvian corn kernels, on the side.
Try the Huancaina Sauce Sliced Fish tiradito ($8.95), covered in traditional huancaina cream and served with Peruvian corn. Another great way to enjoy this savory cream sauce is smothered over sliced potatoes, called Huancaina Potatoes ($5.95).
If you can’t make up your mind, try a Trilogy platter that brings three of their most popular tiraditos: rocoto cream, yellow pepper cream and Ceviche 105’s secret virgin cream ($19.95).
The Ceviche Pucusana 105 ($10.95) brings strips of tender white fish saturated in a delicious lemony, pink broth and topped with thin red onion slices. It comes served with Peruvian corn and a piece of boniato, or sweet potato. Try it with a few pieces of toasted corn sprinkled on top.
Chaufa rice is another tasty Peruvian specialty. Ceviche 105 serves a hearty helping (big enough for two) of this special fried rice available with seafood, chicken, steak, or mixed ($11.95 – $16.95).
Wash down all that tangy, citrus flavor with a sweet, refreshing Inca Kola ($2.50).
105 N.E. 3rd Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33132
Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Delivery, take-out and catering available