Somos Peru shines, sometimes

Amazing dishes overshadowed by an unreliable menu

As of my last visit, Somos Peru was still awaiting its liquor license, but the Peruvian soft drinks are definitely worth a try. The Inca Kola — a super-sweet lemon-verbena-flavored soda, holds an iconic status in Peru. I expected the pineapple-sweetened chica morada, which translates to "purple corn drink," to be creamy or cloudy, like a corn-based horchata, but I learned later that the corn is only used to color the drink, so despite its deep, plummy hue, it basically drank like a very sweet, cold milled cider.

If you aren't already stuffed from starchy appetizers and meaty fried entrees, you have a few sweet options to cap off your Peruvian experience. Familiar favorites like tres leches cake and rice pudding were unfortunately unavailable on each of our visits, but we did tackle a massive piece of crema volteada, which is Peruvian-style flan. With its deeply caramelized top and base layer of chewy coconut, the confection was absolutely top-notch and could make a convert out of any hater of custard-type desserts.

Jalea is Somos Peru's dish of lightly fried fish, shrimp, clams, and crab
Alma Guzman
Jalea is Somos Peru's dish of lightly fried fish, shrimp, clams, and crab
Alma Guzman

Location Info

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Somos Peru

6009 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Category: Restaurant > Peruvian

Region: Southwest Minneapolis

Details

Appetizers $6-$8, entrees $10-$16

Somos Peru teases with possibilities. I'd love to go back when it bulks up some areas of its menu and starts serving pollo la brasa, a.k.a. Peruvian roast chicken. Come fall, the restaurant also plans to test-drive a late-night menu with American bar fare like burgers and wings. As with many of Somos Peru's other menu items, their availability might be subject to supply and demand. I'm fine with that, just as long as they don't run out of flan.

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