A fishy festival: Pescados y Ceviches Festival

By Jim Cook April 25, 2018

Corvina y Langostinos. Photo: Karen Walker

There’s still a few days left to catch the Pescados y Ceviches Festival at one of the branches of El Fish Market.

Heads-up, dear reader and run, don’t walk! Until April 30, El Fish Market will play host to the Pescados y Ceviches Festival, a mouthwatering homage to everything fishy (fishy in a good way, that is). An initiative of Alejandro Calderon, the scion of the family that owns the La Fragata restaurants, as well as Toshiro Robatayaki and Street Bao, this fish fete celebrates everything under the sea – from crustaceans to whatever else might take your fancy, is a smorgasbord of underwater delicacies.

Tuck into my personal favourite: the ambrosial Ceviche de Camaron y Mango ($18,800), a plethora of shrimp and minced mango, swirling in a saucy mixture known as leche de coco. El Fish Market Santa Ana’s amicable and ready-to-please chef, Edwin Linares recommended another starter: the Ceviche peruano de Robalo ($19,800). While this too has mango, this dish is very different. Not only are the contents served as side orders, allowing the diner to mix or add the contents the way he or she would prefer, it features the white fish, robalo (commonly known as white snook), maiz chulpe (which you’ll be glad to know are corn nuts) and avocado. It’s served in a leche de tigre, which is a lime-based sauce normally used in Peruvian dishes.

For your main course, the baked Corvina y Langostinos ($35,8000) is truly a stunning choice. The sea bass, was flaky, moist and tender. This dish is topped off with a drizzled yellow pepper sauce (ají amarillo), not at all spicy, much to my distress, atop a pureed yuca enhanced with leche de coco, and slices of quartered, grilled tomatoes.

Catch El Fish Market’s Pescados y Ceviches Festival (Until April 30) at these locations:

El Fish Market (Restaurante de Puerto) – Calle 110 #9A-70

El Fish Market Salitre – El dorado # 69C 03 Local-204

El Fish Market – Carrera 9 #77-1