Loving Lunch at 1111 Peruvian Bistro

By Santi Cardona

When restaurants create separate lunch menus for their restaurant, they do so under the impression that lower priced (and sometimes lower quality) lunch items will help drive regular visits from locals in the area. Sometimes, these lunch menus serve as afterthoughts for restaurants, relying on just sandwiches, soups, and salads to cater to the hungry worker. I recently got invited to sample the lunch menu from 1111 Peruvian Bistro (1111 SW 1st Ave #106d, Miami), and truth be told, I was shocked at how complete, engaging, and well thought out it was.

Menu highlights: The Ceviche Apartado 1111 is slightly creamier than other ceviches I’ve had, but it was delicious nonetheless. This ceviche is made with authentic ingredients, including corvina in a creamy leche de tigre sauce, with avocado, capers, aji limo, and extra virgin olive oil. The avocado was what stood out as being slightly different, but it was a welcome addition to the dish.

The Aji de Gallina was beautifully presented and satisfying. While the dish normally consists of chicken in a heavily spiced thick Peruvian sauce, this version was somehow light and something that would not put you to sleep after finishing it. Admittedly, the dish is a bit on the smaller side, but this is something that can be fixed easily with some tweaking.

Lastly, all of the sushi rolls at 1111 were standouts. The sushi chef definitely knows what he’s doing, and it shows in the quality of their ‘makis.’ The Acevichado Maki is filled with tempura shrimp and avocado, topped with thin sliced tuna, house acevichado sauce, and shoestring sweet. Not only was this roll visually appealing, but definitely one of the better pieces of sushi I’ve tried in a while.

Standout dish: The Sticky Shrimp was phenomenal, and something I wish I could eat on a daily basis. The dish is composed of battered and fried shrimp served with a creamy spicy sauce, peanuts, and spring onion over a sesame chow mein cake. While this dish is meant to be a shareable one, I find it hard to believe that people are willing to split this.

This appetizer hits all those notes that people look for in their favorite comfort dishes: fried, crunchy, sweet, spicy, saucy. How can it get any better?

Are we boozing? For lunch, I find it hard to recommend a drink, but if you’ve had a rough day at work, 1111 offers a small, but well crafted beer selection.

Check this place out if you like: Peruvian food! Cviche 105, GKB, and Pollos y Jarras are all great options. You definitely need to add this to your list.

Santi’s take: You should check at the lunch at 1111 Peruvian Bistro, even if for the Sticky Shrimp alone. The whole menu is engaging and satisfying, and there is something that caters to all people. I know for a fact that if I worked in the Brickell area, I would make this one of my regular lunch rotations.

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