Multiconcept operator ThinkFoodGroup has introduced its newest concept, China Chilcano, to the Washington, D.C. marketplace. Located in the Penn Quarter district downtown, the contemporary Peruvian restaurant celebrates Peru’s diverse culinary heritage, including its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines. The name pays homage to Peru’s celebrated fish stew and one of its established national drinks, the Chilcano.
Spanish architect and designer Juli Capella designed the 158-seat restaurant to reflect the spirit of modern Peru. Highlights include a wall mural of a floral-tattooed femme fatale by Cecilia Paredes called ‘Both Worlds,” distressed wood floors and a traditional sunken Japanese dining table inspired by the menu’s Nikkei influences. Red neon lights evoking the ancient designs found in Peru’s Nazca desert hang from the ceiling, and a prominent 300-gallon fish tank celebrates the menu’s extensive seafood offerings.
ThinkFoodGroup, founded by award-winning Spanish chef José Andrés and partner Rob Wilder, is the creative force behind a portfolio of concepts, including minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo, America Eats Tavern and The Bazaar by José Andrés.