José Andrés Opening Peruvian-Chinese Spot
Despite rumors of an opening in New York, José Andrés' next project remains strictly in Washington, D.C., as the Washingtonian reports that the Spanish chef will open yet another restaurant in Penn Quarter.
The chef has announced plans to open China Chilcano at 418 Seventh St., Northwest, serving Latin-Asian fusion, focusing on "Chifa" cuisine, a hybrid food created by Chinese immigrants who settled in Peru.
A press release announced that the restaurant will serve ceviche, fried rice, dumplings, a variety of dim sum dishes, as well as Peruvian dishes like causas (potato salad). The namesake of the restaurant, a chilcano, can refer to either a pisco-based cocktail or a fish stew, although it seems like Andrés is referencing the cocktail more so than the traditional hangover cure.
"Peru is an astonishing country. The people and the culture reveal so many traditions. The history with China is fascinating and the Chifa cuisine so unique," Andrés said in a statement sent to Eater. "I want to tell the world about this incredible country and the many things it has to offer. What better place, what better home than here in the heart of D.C., right near Chinatown and surrounded by our family of restaurants."