Mestizo Cocina Peruana
A few blocks south of the main drag at Glenelg, as the sand thins, so do the dining options. Glenelg South is quieter, which makes it an unlikely setting for Mestizo Cocina Peruana, an eatery serving Peruvian cuisine with influences from Spain, Portugal, Africa, Japan and China.
Chef Renzo Canepa grew up in Lima, Peru. In 2014 he partnered with local chef Justin Hamam to open Mestizo.
Try the anticuchos, a Peruvian dish with African roots. It’s smoky, charcoal-flamed beef hearts, served on a skewer. The meat is continually basted with a marinade heavy in aji panca, a Peruvian chilli that adds smokiness and sweetness.
Ceviche is Peru’s national dish, and Mestizo’s starts with fresh local fish (preferably red snapper), and then adds Peruvian imports: aji amarillo (a Peruvian yellow chilli with citrus notes and slight acidity) and corn from the Andes, called cancha.
Mestizo’s six-course, seasonal degustation changes weekly and features off-menu dishes proposed by staff.