Paul Tomaselli: Sterling’s Lima de Veras unveiling new menu

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Lima De Veras, a Peruvian restaurant in Sterling’s Regal Center shopping plaza, has brought in a new executive chef from Chimbote, Peru to inaugurate a new revamped menu with an emphasis on flavors and dishes from northern Peru.

New dishes include:

  • a filet mignon dish called Arrisotado de Cilantro con Laminas de Filet mignon, which features a filet on a bed of cilantro rice.
  • makis — a Peruvian style of sushi, including one with the popular Pulpo Olivo sauce, made with octopus and olives
  • a round of four ceviches served together with colorful types of Leche de Tigres, or “Tiger’s Milk” in English. The milk — really a citrus marinade — is used to season the seafood in the dish. My personal favorite is a ceviche that incorporates cilantro which gives the liquid a green hue.

The new chef is also using a unique black squid ink in several of his new dishes, including his Causa Escabechada Mixta, a potato and seafood dish, and the Morenito Norteño, a risotto dish.

Desserts include an exquisite Tres Leches served with plenty of milk throughout the cake and topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a cherry. It’s very moist — the cake literally melts in your mouth.

Photos by Paul Tomaselli

They also have Peruvian doughnuts known as Picarones. The doughnuts are fried in oil, then covered in a sweet chancaca sugar syrup.

The new menu is scheduled to be available starting next week.