Eating Ceviche Like a Peruvian Local

Ceviche, the quintessential Peruvian dish, has taken the culinary world by storm with its exquisite flavors and refreshing taste. However, to truly savor this delicacy like a Peruvian local, there are certain customs and practices you should be aware of. At Sardi’s, we take immense pride in serving authentic ceviche, and we believe that understanding the traditional way of enjoying this dish can enhance your culinary experience. So, before you indulge in the delights of fresh fish soaked in lime juice, let's explore how to blend in and embrace the Peruvian ceviche culture!


Appreciate the Freshness

The foundation of any great ceviche lies in the freshness of its ingredients. In Peru, locals highly value fresh fish, and it is crucial to use only the finest catch available. At Sardi’s, we source our fish from local markets, ensuring that every bite of ceviche bursts with flavors straight from the sea. As you dine with us, take a moment to appreciate the vibrant colors and distinct aroma that signify the freshness of the dish.


Use a Spoon

While using a spoon to eat ceviche may seem unconventional to some, it’s a common practice in certain regions of Peru. When indulging in a seafood-rich ceviche, locals often use a spoon to scoop up the luscious marinade, known as leche de tigre, and enjoy it along with the fish. The spoon allows you to relish every drop of the tangy and flavorful liquid, ensuring that no essence of this delectable dish goes to waste. Moreover, the spoon allows for a more refined and controlled dining experience, especially when savoring smaller bites of fish and delicate seafood. At Sardi’s, we encourage our patrons to embrace this traditional technique, to fully immerse themselves in the Peruvian way of savoring ceviche.


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Savor the Citrus Burst

Lime juice is the magical elixir that "cooks" the fish in ceviche. The citrusy tang of freshly squeezed lime not only enhances the flavors of the seafood but also acts as a natural preservative. Peruvian locals believe that the acidity of the lime juice is a crucial element in creating the perfect ceviche. Remember, the longer the fish soaks in the lime juice, the more "cooked" it becomes. As you devour your ceviche, let the burst of citrusy goodness tingle your taste buds.


Pairing with Sweet Potato and Corn

In Peru, ceviche is traditionally served with sweet potato and corn on the cob. The creamy and subtly sweet texture of the potato complements the zesty ceviche, while the corn adds a pleasant crunch. When dining at Sardi’s, embrace the Peruvian way by enjoying your ceviche with these side dishes, elevating the flavors to a whole new level.


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Order Ceviche from Sardi’s Today!

As you immerse yourself in the world of Peruvian cuisine at Sardi’s, learning to eat ceviche like a local is an essential aspect of the culinary adventure. Embrace the freshness, savor the citrusy burst, relish the leche de tigre with a spoon, and pair it with sweet potato and corn, just like Peruvians do. By following these traditions, you'll not only enjoy the dish to its fullest but also gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage behind it. So, come to Sardi’s, and let us take you on a gastronomic journey to the heart of Peru, one ceviche dish at a time!