You don’t have to climb Machu Picchu to get a taste of Peru. A new restaurant called Inkanto: Fine Peruvian International Cuisine is opening on Route 35 in Hazlet in a few weeks.
The contemporary-style restaurant, decorated with candles, Peruvian accents and smooth wooden tables and chairs, will offer specialties like ceviche, which is chunks of raw fish marinated in citrus, and “Papa a la Huancaína,” which is boiled potatoes served with spicy cream sauce made with white cheese and yellow peppers. Rabbit and baby goat is also on the menu. Many of the meat and seafood dishes range from $12 - $19.
Guests waiting for tables can sit on the soft white couches under the wide window, or at the bar -- an interesting feature for a BYOB restaurant. But the bar here will offer a variety of cappuccinos, fruit juices, and virgin cocktails, such as Pisco Sour.
Rossana AnnaMaria, the manager of the restaurant, was inspired to open the restaurant with her children, owners Cynthia and Francis AnnaMaria, after noticing few Peruvian restaurants in the area. “It was our dream,” Rossana said.
Inkanto: Fine Peruvian International Cuisine is located at 3115 Route 35 North in Hazlet, near Yesterday’s Restaurant. Phone: 732-888-9458.