First Look: Upscale Peruvian at Bay Harbor's O'Lima

Causa de Tuna at O'Lima (Contributed)
Causa de Tuna at O'Lima (Contributed)

The who: Executive Chef German Gonzalez (Adrianna’s in Surfside) returns to the neighborhood with O’Lima Signature Cuisine in Bay Harbor.

The space: The former Le Pine space is now a polished 53-seat dining room with soft pendant lighting, white tableclothed tables and carved wooden sculptures. A handful of outdoor patio seats are nicely buffered from Kane Concourse traffic. 

The dishes: Peruvian fusion with Japanese influences. The epic menu features dozens of starters and about 20 entrees. Definitely ask servers for guidance. Prices skew to high-end with starters averaging about $16 and mains in the high $20s.

Tiradito de Aji Amarillo, featuring sashimi-style cuts of fish in a house-made yellow pepper sauce and a cooked Ceviche a la Brasa, which plays on the traditional citrus-cured ceviche get things started. 

Classic Peruvian staples abound, such as Lomo Saltado, made by slow braising the beef, bourguignon-style, and then adding the traditional elements of onions and tomato. Other hearty mains include Pato Magret, a Canadian duck breast dish with an aji amarillo glaze atop a bed of huancaina-dressed risotto. The Fiocchi de Pera are pasta pouches filled with gorgonzola cheese and pear, then drizzled with a chicha morada sauce.

Bottom line: Upscale Peruvian in a quaint neighborhood setting.