Taking over the former Loving Cup Cafe space at 4237 SW Corbett Ave., Paiche, "A Peruvian Eatery," throws open its doors today, harnessing the cooking of chef Jose Luis de Cossio, who hails from Lima, Peru. Chef de Cossio has cooked at Del Inti and Andina and San Francisco's La Mar, and Paiche will knock out "Peruvian Northwest cuisine" for breakfast—think coffee, house-made pastries, and empanadas with corn, potato, salsa, and botija olives—and for lunch—seafood and vegan ceviches, a burger, a crab and purple potato salad, and more.
"We live in the area," says Casimira Tadewaldt, chef de Cossio's partner in life and business, "and we wanted to offer sophisticated flavors in a casual atmosphere. You don't have to go to a fine dining restaurant to eat great ceviche." To call chef de Cossio an avid surfer is putting it mildly, and his connection with the ocean plays a big role in his food. Casimira says they're excited to show off a variety of fish preparations.
Located in the vicinity of OHSI, where dining options are pretty scant, Paiche offers counter service, and the 450-square-foot space seats around 20. There are grab-and-go items, too, with coffee front and center, so expect Paiche to have a bit of coffeeshop vibe. You can check it out for yourself Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch items available beginning at 11 a.m.).