Authentic Peruvian Cuisines at Pavela

Let’s welcome another culinary destination at Pondok Indah Mall, Pavela. Pavela is one of the establishments under Henalda Group. And you know what, it’s the first Peruvian Restaurant in town! Ever wondering how does Peruvian cuisines taste? Well, you should come here, seriously! Not to mention, their place is so cozy with Peruvian ambiance and it can accommodate 46-50 persons.

Peruvian Cuisines is inspired a lot by Spanish, Asian, and African foods. There are 4 staple ingredients that they always use in making Peruvian cuisines: corn, potato, vegetables, and beans. The cuisines are very rich of flavour too, it really fits our palate.

Their must try menu are:

Yucca Fritas; Fried Cassava served with Aji Verde Sauce

Ceviche; Fried Squid with Fresh Ceviche Sauce

Arroz con Chaufa; Peruvian Fried Rice

Nikkei Chicken; Fried Chicken with Nikkei Sauce

Pollo a la Brasa; Seasoned Butter Rice with Roasted Chicken and Salad

In Peruvian Cuisine, they usually use aji verde sauce and it’s so damn good! This green sauce are exotic and flavourful.

There’s no other like Pavela in this town!

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Where: Pondok Indah Mall 3
Street Gallery GF #13
South Jakarta
When: Monday – Sunday / 10:00 – 02:00
More info: +6221 2952 9767


    An unusual name or an unexpected claim may sometimes attract us to only be misled or disappointed, and may also do a disservice to a reputable, long-established culinary tradition. As a lover of the superb and now well-recognized Peruvian cuisine that I have enjoyed for many, many years, I was asked by some friends if I had already tried the new “Peruvian food” restaurant in town… Naturally, I could not hold my curiosity. I am sorry to have to say that it was not what I expected… The menu offered a “Pisco Sour, the Peruvian national drink”. Pisco sour is, indeed, a delicious, fiery mixed cocktail featuring pisco, a Peruvian brandy (42%-alcohol) made from pure grape… But would you serve a rum-and-coke without rum? Well, the Pavela version of the otherwise wonderful Peruvian pisco-based drink simply has no pisco… should it be more appropriately called a lemonade, perhaps? Hmmm… Let’s move on to the “Peruvian food”… Nachos! Pardon me, I thought that nachos were a Mexican appetizer… Nikkei chicken! Perhaps a version of a Japanese stock-market-based-recipe? Seviche! Well, cebiche –known in several countries-, is a mouth-watering dish made of fish marinated in lemon or lime juice and sliced onions (thus the name “cebiche”, from “cebolla”, the Spanish word for onion); the Peruvian version adds a slice of boiled sweet potato and a piece of boiled corn-on-the-stalk to tone down the hot peppers, and garnishes it with a leaf of lettuce… What do you get in Pavela? Fried calamari, not even remotely close to a cebiche. Other selections in the menu: anticuchos, which in Peru are skewered chunks of marinated beef heart cooked over an open fire, but in this case it is not beef heart; “arroz con chaufa” is the Pavela version of arroz chaufa, a basic Peruvian fried-rice dish dating back to the Chinese migration to Peru in the late 19th century; “yuccas fritas” (fried cassava slices), well, you can’t go too wrong on these. Perhaps my biggest disappointment after the so-called Pavela “pisco sour” was the desserts. Peru is a paradise when it comes to sweets; it features an immense variety of gorgeous, unforgettable and laborious concoctions that make dentists quite prosperous… Well, I could not find a single Peruvian dessert on the menu. My wife ordered “beso de moza”… perhaps an Andalusian treat? I have never seen it in Peru. In conclusion, let me be clear: I am not saying that the food at Pavela is bad, you may want to experiment, try something different and it may even turn out well for you; what I am simply saying is, don’t expect authentic Peruvian food there…

    28 December 2016
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