COURTESY TITO'S CEVICHE AND PISCO
Tito's Cevice & Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, will open on August 14.
A new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar is opening in Uptown. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco
will open Aug. 14, at 5015 Magazine St.
The restaurant takes over the empty space formerly occupied by chef Sue Zemanick’s short-lived small plates concept, Ivy, which closed in 2015. Owners Juan Lock and his wife, Tatiana, are behind the new operation, with Lock and his sous chef (and Johnny Sanchez alum) Nanyo Dominguez Cervantes running the kitchen.
Lock, who is originally from Lima, Peru, opened several restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when he first moved to the U.S, but has resided in New Orleans for nearly two decades. He says the restaurant will specialize in traditional Peruvian dishes, including lomo saltado,
the country's beloved dish of
stir-fried beef tenderloin strips and sauteed onions paired with french fries or crispy potatoes.
“Peruvian food right now on the East and West Coast is kind of the new thing, and I’m trying to bring that to New Orleans, with great food and a nice bar,” Lock says.
The menu also includes duck confit with cilantro rice and salsa criolla,
braised lamb shank with a canary bean stew, whipped potato causas
topped with everything from octopus to Louisiana crabmeat, and a seafood-packed arroz con mariscos
cooked in an aji amarillo
broth, similar to Spanish paella.
Lock, who is half Peruvian and half Chinese, says the menu will reflect the South American country's myriad culinary influences, which include Japanese, Chinese and Spanish elements.
The raw fish dish ceviche, as the restaurant’s name implies, will feature prominently, and on any given day the menu will feature several raw fish preparations made with salmon, tuna, snapper and Gulf fish.
The other focus is the pisco bar, which Lock says will feature every Peruvian pisco available from distributors in the United States, or roughly 50 varieties. The small bar is outfitted with replicas of traditional Nazca lines, the ancient geoglyphs found in the Nazca dessert in southern Peru.
While the restaurant’s interior was completely redesigned, there is now a small outdoor seating terrace on Magazine Street in the shade of a Magnolia tree.
When Tito’s Ceviche and Pisco opens, a daily happy hour will feature drink and appetizer specials. For more information, visit the restaurant's website here.