By Melanie Garcia
One of the perks of living in Miami is the diversity and authenticity of restaurants, specifically with influence from Latin America and the Caribbean. So when we had a chance to visit Limon y Sabor, a Peruvian restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard, I was excited to try cuisine from a country with so much tradition.
By recommendation, I had the Lomo Saltado ($11.99), which is a flavorful combination of steak with onions, tomatoes, fries soaked in the steak sauce, and a side of white rice. It was absolutely delicious and rich in flavor. Forget ketchup, these fries were perfectly seasoned by the steak sauce and gave new meaning to finger-licking good. I also ordered the Marisco Saltado ($13.99), which is similar to the Lomo Saltado, but with a variety of seafood, including shrimp and scallops. The “saltado” style of cooking is native to Peruvian cuisine but has an Asian influence consisting of several soy sauces and spices. I highly suggest giving it a try if you’re searching for a plate that’s rich and bold.
We also tried the Tallarin de Pollo ($11.99), which is essentially a pasta dish, sautéed with onions and tomatoes in soy sauce. It’s a fusion of Peruvian and Asian cooking with very vibrant colors. The green pasta, an odd sight at first, with baked chicken breast was a pleasant surprise.
A must try is the house-made green Picante sauce. Guests were drizzling this original, spicy creation all over their dishes, and some were soaking their entire plate.
Limon y Sabor also has a wide selection of ceviche ranging from the traditional Ceviche de Pescado (Fish Ceviche, $11.99) to a combination of seafood with the Ceviche Mixto ($12.99).
You’ll also want to keep Sabor y Limon in mind when you need a breakfast fix. They offer the Desayuno Lurin ($9.99), a platter of tamal (starchy dough), sarza criolla (South American version of salsa), chicharron (fried pork rinds), and fried camote (fried sweet potatoes). With this many flavors, textures and seasoning, it could be the perfect start to any morning!
And because every great meal deserves great dessert, the traditional flan ($2.50) is the perfect culmination to a genuine Peruvian experience. Choices include cheese, caramel or coco flavors. It’s very fresh and just the perfect portion with any even better price!
You’ll feel right at home at this restaurant. The inside décor is modern, bright (all white) and quite inviting. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. They’ll even walk you through the menu.
Prices range from $2 – $15.99.
Limon y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd Miami, Fl 33137
Tel. (786) 431-5739
Visit them online, at www.limonysabor.com
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – midnight