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Just steps away from the steam clock, this bright little spot offers a Peruvian oasis among Gastown’s panoply of tchotchke shops. The dishes reflect the broad spectrum of ethnic influences on Peru’s cuisine. Top marks for flaky empanadas and fresh, vibrant ceviche. Gargantuan sandwiches are a filling lunch-in-hand for the business crowd: western and Peruvian selections range from a classic BLT to bitufarra (signature cured ham). Traditional main dishes include tamales verdes with chicharr—n, and estofado de res, a rich and comforting tomato-based beef stew. AlfajoresÑsugar-dusted cornstarch cookies filled with dulce de lecheÑare a delicate sweet treat. Spanish chatter from restaurant patrons and a steady stream of Latin music comprise the soundscape.

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