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chicha lounge & restaurant- SHANGHAI

May 7, 2012

Starting off the weekend with a Peruvian brunch at Chicha lounge and restaurant in the Sinan Mansions. According to Wikipedia, Chicha is a term used in Latin-America that stands for several varieties of fermented and non-fermented beverages made from grains and fruits.

Soaking up the sun on a gorgeous day.

The prices for the set brunch is 2 courses for $120, and 3 courses for $150 including one drink. With the addition of $95 guests can enjoy free flow mojitos, sangria, bloody mary, margarita. Add $150 for free flow bubbles. 

Complimentary Muffins & Scones
Hmm… nothing worth mentioning except for the spreads. I liked the purple spread with a hint of garlic. Then there was some kind of butter cream, and a strawberry jam. My parents noted that the scones are much better at their sister restaurant Azul Tapas Lounge, which is recently re-located to an extension part of Ferguson Lane.

Prawn & Potato Causa Salad- salsa, arugula, tomatoes
Sorry for the blurry picture. My brother couldn’t stop muttering how good it was while he ate away.

Crab Causa Salad- avocado sauce, rocoto aioli, caviar
Nice but not stellar.

Peruvian chili “leche de tigre”- sweet potato, corn, onion
My dad was really satisfied by his appy. Although a bit spicy, he enjoyed that it was well-seasoned and the shrimps were crunchy. “Leche de tigre” stands for tigers milk, is a citrus-based marinade that usually contains lime juice, onions, chiles, salt, and pepper.

Tackling our appetizers and drinks. My brother had the sangria, my mom had the lemon margarita, and I had the watermelon and coconut cooler.

Seared Tuna Salad- tuna rubbed in panca spices, avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, radish in a passion fruit vinaigrete
I was really digging the passion fruit vinaigrette. It tasted a bit like a yogurt dressing since it was creamy, but it still felt healthy and refreshing.

Gourmet Omelet (vegetarian)- open faced, grilled asparagus, roasted tomatoes, confit mushrooms, cheese
Huge. I couldn’t help but to search for veggie chunks because eating the eggs alone got a little boring for my taste buds. It wasn’t an issue though since it is still an omelet. I needed tomato sauce to go with this but delicious nonetheless.

Peru Burger- egg, lettuce, tomato, salsa criolla, rocoto-golf sauce
The first thing my mom and brother noticed was that the burger was noticeably smaller than the burger served to the table next to us. Whatever. It was a really good burger and the meat was delicious. It contained minced veggies in the beef patty which tasted ‘greener’ than the all-American burger which I liked.

Cod Fish Sudado Style- braised in Peruvian chiles, tomatoes, lime (+30)
Sudado is a popular traditional Columbian stew. Most often it’s a fish stew and seasoned with tomato, garlic, onions, and chiles. My dad took a pleasure in his cod and all the fresh ingredients in his dish. Light and low-fat is just what he needs in his diet.

At the end the meal we shared their famous Peruvian Flan listed on the menu as “just a classic for the last 10 years” and “melt in your mouth” was not as melt in the mouth as I expected but the Y chromosomes in the family were loving it.

Chicha Lounge & Restaurant
Sinan Mansions, Block 33, 47 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Sinan Lu
思南路47弄33号, 近复兴西路
+86 21 6418-0769

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