Foodie Utopia has yet to indulge in Peruvian food, so what would have been a better choice for a first experience than Petit Peru in Gatineau? I’m happy to present a new Foodie Utopian post for you on my excursion to Petit Peru one day with my friends!

Petit Peru was a hidden gem in Gatineau, showcasing a brightly lit dining area and creative displays of menu choices. Upon our arrival, the restaurant wasn’t too busy, but once dinner time fast approached a significant amount of people started to file in. My guests and I managed to secure a great spot and proceeded to have a look at the menu and order.

Prior to ordering, the waitress was very kind to point us to options which were very popular on the menu, and providing us recommendations that will give us the best Peruvian experience. We ended up choosing majority of her suggestions and I am honoured to present to you exactly what I thought about each of the selections!

For the table, we were also given a variety of sauces which looks absolutely delicious.

The first item to come to the table was the Chicken Empanada. From the picture, you could decipher that it almost looked like a very large dumpling, and that’s basically what it was. Personally, I thought that the stuffing inside was a bit bland, and could have used more seasoning. However, paired with the garlic sauce that was given with it, it was a decently tasty appetizer. The pastry itself was definitely freshly cooked, and had a very nice taste to it.

Two of the main courses came out looking extremely appetizing – we had the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken with Fries and Lomo Saltado; which was a serving of beef, rice, and fries.

The rotisserie chicken was prepared very nicely and the seasoning was done perfectly. I really enjoyed their fries because you can tell that they were made in house (you can’t find fries like these anywhere!) and these were salted nicely as well. I didn’t have any complaints about this dish.

The Lomo Saltado was also quite a pleasant dish – I really liked the gravy type sauce that was served. It blended into the rice and made the dish overall tasty. However, the beef was a bit too well done, which made the protein of the dish chewy for both my friends and I. Besides that however, the dish was wonderful.

Perhaps my guests and I could have done without this dish (not because it wasn’t tasty, but because there was too much!) however, we ordered the Ceviche Petit Peru which could serve up to 2 people and consisted of corn, nuts, fried calamari, shrimp and tilapia, along with a ceviche styled method of the same seafood. It also served fried cassava and yams. I think I could have enjoyed this dish more if I didn’t order the other two courses, but I can definitely tell the effort that Petit Peru put into this platter and the really great taste it had. My guest was very happy with the ceviche and even commented that it was probably her favourite dish at the restaurant! We ended up packing it to go simply because Petit Peru kept us so well fed.

Overall, if you’re in the Gatineau area and are looking for some yummy Peruvian food, this is the place for you.

For more information on Petit Peru, have a look at their website:


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