Lunch Expedition: Essential Peruvian

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Date(s) - 12/03/2023
12:00 - 15:00



Photo credit: Mima Peru

Peruvian cuisine is one of the earliest example of fusion food, evolving over decades as migrants arrived at the port of Callao and assimilated into an increasingly mixed society. Rather than remain culturally segregated, the flavors and techniques from Europe, Africa, and East Asia have blended seamlessly with ancient Peruvian cuisine into something utterly unique.

In 2022’s listing of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Peru is a strong contender from South America with 2 restaurants in the top 15 (#2 Central, #11 Maido).

Having heard so much about Peruvian cuisine on the international culinary stage, we are excited to learn there is authentic “comida Peruana” to be had in our Rhine-Neckar region!

Alexandra Zahn and Abrahan Gabriel Cabanillas are the power duo behind Mima Peru. Located in the Jungbusch neighbourhood of Mannheim, they bring modern interpretations of traditional dishes inspired by Peru’s diverse flavors and exotic ingredients. Check out this 14-minute short film (in German) about Mima Peru and Peruvian cuisine, produced by Saarländischer Rundfunk, one of Germany’s radio and TV broadcaster.

For Food Explorers’ Lunch Expedition, Alexandra and Chef Abrahan have compiled two special menus just for us, featuring iconic, must-eat Peruvian dishes. Key ingredients and produce are sourced directly from Peru in order to ensure authenticity of flavors.

When:  Sunday, March 12th 2023 starting from 1200 hours

Where:  Mima Peru, Dalbergstraße 35, 68159 Mannheim

What:   Each menu consists of 2 appetizers, one main dish and one dessert

We open the show with Peru’s national dish Ceviche. Non-vegetarians get one prepared with fish of the day (Ceviche clásico), while vegetarians get the version with mushrooms (Ceviche vegetariano). The second appetizer of the vegetarian menu is Papa a la Huancaína – with this dish you will get to sample one of Peru’s over 4000 (yes, 4000!) potato varieties. The second appetizer of the non-vegetarian menu is Anticuchos de Corazón, a very popular street food throughout Peru.

Our main course introduces us to the Peruvian superfood quinoa in the form of “Quinotto”, a twist on the classic risotto. With the vegetarian Quinotto de Hongos, Chef Abrahan made it to the final round of “Koch des Jahres 2018” (a major cooking competition for professional chefs in the D-A-CH region). If you opt for the non-vegetarian menu, the same Quinotto preparation will be topped instead with Pulpo cooked to tender perfection.

Our culinary journey ends on a sweet and luscious note with some Suspiro con Lucuma. Also known as ‘Gold of the Incas’, lucuma is a fruit native to the valley of the Andes. With its sweet taste and health benefits, lucuma has become a popular natural substitute for refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.


“Essential Peruvian” (food only*) Ticket price, per person
Ceviche vegetariano
Papa a la Huancaína
Quinotto de Hongos
Suspiro con Lucuma

Costa y Sierra
Ceviche clásico
Anticuchos de Corazón
Quinotto con Pulpo
Suspiro con Lucuma

* You may pay for your beverages directly at the restaurant.  Choose from refreshing lemonades like Chicha Morada, or stimulate your appetite with some Pisco Sour, a brandy cocktail that has become the signature drink of Peru. There is even Peruvian corn beer if you would like something different from German beers.

Are your tastebuds piqued?  If yes, come with us!  Registration closes Friday March 3rd, 2023.

Faeimm Tang

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