Divino Ceviche: 2629 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33122
One of my work colleagues and I decided to go here when I was out with her visiting some of our branch locations. She recommended that we go to Divino Ceviche. I was a little skeptical at first based on the strip mall that it was located in. Its kind of an industrial area which you would not think to find a great restaurant. Boy was I wrong. The decor inside is very nice and looks a bit contemporary.
Christian Encalada, the executive chef, started his career in cooking back in Lima Peru. The restaurant is owned by two brothers Christian and Frank. After moving to Miami, they came up with the idea, something that they had been talking about for about 4 years. And in 2011, Divino Ceviche was born. They now have two locations, one in Doral and the other in Coral Gables.
We were there during lunch time and it was very busy. And even though it was the tail end of the lunch rush you still had to wait for a table to free up. So if you go here, be ready to wait for a little while since the place is very popular.
The first dish up was an appetizer the Cristie recommended, Boliyucas En Salsa Huancaina. Fried cassava balls, filled with mozzarella cheese and served with Huancaina sauce. I must tell you that these things are addicting and I could have just eating several plates of these. We also had the traditional fried corn kernels which is very popular in Peruvian restaurants. And our last starter that we tried were the home made potato chips which are to die for.
Cristie decided to have the Chaufa de Mariscos, which is a Peruvian style seafood fried rice. They fry it in a wok to very high temperatures with sesame oil, ginger, spring onions, and oriental secrets. I was allowed to take a bite to taste, and it is one of the best dishes I have ever had. Shrimp, calamari, mussels, all make up the seafood in this dish. Both of us would recommend it to anyone looking for a good fried rice dish with a twist.
I decided to try one of my all time favorites, Lomo Saltado. I figure this is my go to dish and if they mess that up, then I don’t ever need to try anything else. For those that want to know what is in it; it’s basically what they call Peruvian Stir Fry. Nicely marinated beef with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, soy sauce, and garlic. This is all then flambeed with Pisco ina wok to a very high temperature and served with crispy steak fries and white rice. That sauce really makes every taste so good. And they did not disappoint with the dish and I would go back for this over and over again.
Pricing: $$-$$$ for lunch or dinner, depending on what you order and any drinks you might have with your meal