Located in Lambertville, NJ is an authentic Peruvian/Mexican restaurant named El Tule.
(Again, any Spanish cuisine I am down for)
Peruvian is one of my favorites though.
This cute restaurant is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner after some shopping in Lambertville, NJ or New Hope, PA. Especially during the warmer months, because they have outdoor seating.
Our first trip there, my boyfriend had never tried Peruvian food before.
We ordered a pitcher of the Chicha Morada (Purple corn drink). While a bit sugary, this is a staple at any Peruvian restaurant, and has delicate hints of cinnamon. I highly recommend squeezing a lime in it!
For an appetizer, we had a common dish called Papa Rellenas, which are stuffed mashed potatoes with ground beef, served with red onions in lime juice, avocado salad and salsa criolla.
I had Aji de Gallina for dinner. I’ve had a hard time finding this dish anywhere else, so I had to get it! Boy, did it not disappoint. I’m drooling just thinking about it now… slightly spicy and bright yellow from the aji amarillo peppers, and rich from the cream sauce made with walnuts.
Edgar leaned more towards their Mexican cuisine, which was also fantastic! He had the taco platter of the day which turned out to be huge and filling! The black beans were by far the best I’ve had, packed with flavor.
If you are trying Peruvian cuisine for the first time, I also recommend these dishes:
Papa a la Huancaina
Pollo a la Brasa