September and its attendant flurry of high-profile restaurant openings are but two weeks away, and to get the ball rolling, here are some details about La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, the Peruvian restaurant Gastón Acurio is set to open in the former Tabla space next month.
According to the restaurant’s reps, Acurio, who already has 29 restaurants scattered across the globe and is known as the Ambassador of Peruvian Cuisine, has appointed Victoriano Lopez as his executive chef. In addition to working with Acurio for 17 years, Lopez has done time behind the burners at Spain’s Arzak and Mugaritz, among other places.
Lopez will be serving a seafood-heavy menu that includes ceviche, causas (a potato-aji pepper mash filled with tuna and avocado), platos criollos (dishes usually featuring rice and some kind of meat), tiraditos (similar to ceviche, but without onions), and anticuchos (basically, grilled meats). Cocktails will be built around pisco, Perú’s national spirit, and wines will come from all over the world, with a specific focus on South America.
The restaurant will be the eighth location of La Mar, which Acurio originally opened in Lima. He first came to the U.S. in 2008 to open La Mar’s San Francisco location. In his two-and-a-half-star review for the San Francisco Chronicle last year, Michael Bauer advised “bypassing the main courses and heading for the ceviches and other fish-based appetizers. The larger plates are good, but they’re expensive and not as distinctive as what precedes them.” He also noted that the empanadas are “excellent.”