Passion for Peruvian

Gastón Acurio, Peru’s most famous chef, began his La Mar Cebicheria Peruana chain with the intent of globalizing the flavors and style of Peruvian cuisine. That mission proves true at La Mar on the waterfront Embarcadero. Located near the Ferry Building and inhabiting an expansive indoor and patio space, this long-awaited restaurant marks the first time Acurio has opened an eatery outside of the Spanish-speaking world. Be sure to try the array of cebiches (fish and shellfish marinated in “leche de tigre,” lime juice and spices—the national dish of Peru), causas (whipped potatoes topped with seafood), anticuchos (street-food-inspired grilled skewers) and empanadas (house-made baked or fried stuffed bread). Wash it all down with a classic pisco sour made with Peruvian brandy, lime, simple syrup, egg white and a dash of regional bitters. L, D (daily).

Pier 1 1/2, Embarcadero, 415.397.8880.