This week I visit Mango Peruvian Cuisine
, the popular Shrewsbury restaurant which has opened a second location in the former Mosaic space downtown.
The menu is broad and will give you some idea of the complexity of Peruvian cuisine, an amalgam not only of Spanish and indigenous fare, but also of African, Japanese, Chinese and western European traditions. Even those dishes familiar to aficionados of other South- and Latin-American cuisines bring a twist or two: The pork tamal looks as expected, a cylinder of masa flour steamed, in this case, inside a banana leaf, but the texture might startle you, as very finely chopped or even ground peanuts contrast the exterior moistness with a slight crunch. The flavor is also surprising: The masa's sweetness and slight heat yields not to the savory pork, but the briny snap of green olive.
Visit the RFT restaurant page
late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to see what I think.