First Look at Sur Latin Peruvian Cuisine
Photo by Mai Pham The lomo saltado is a Peruvian classic.
You could say that discovering hole-in-the-wall places is a favorite pastime of mine. I love stumbling onto small, family-owned gems where the cook is the dad or the brother or the uncle or the mother, the server and hostess is wife or mother or sister, and the waitstaff is the daughter or cousin or some part of the extended family.
Sur Latin Peruvian Cuisine, a modest, sliver of a restaurant that just opened three weeks ago near Katy, is one such restaurant. And while I can't take credit for stumbling upon it accidentally (I saw a Facebook post by Latin Bites' chef Robert Castre, which alerted me to its opening), it fits the profile of that typical hole-in-the-wall that I find so endearing.
Photo by Mai Pham Left to right: Owners King Aguilar, Ursula Delgado, PIlar Forkel, and Juan Carlos Collomp
First of all, it's not just a family affair, but also a lifelong dream of its owners: Pilar Forkel, her cousin Ursula Delgado, her cousin's husband, King Aguilar, and partner and chef Juan Carlos Collomp. Until recently, Forkel worked in sales and Delgado in insurance, and Collomp had a private catering business making fresh Peruvian items like salsichas (Peruvian sausages).
"I am passionate about food," says Forkel, adding, "I've been wanting to do this for a long time." Delgado echoed her sentiments. She said that after she'd spent 18 years in the insurance business, it was time for a change.
Though it's called Sur Latin Peruvian, the tight, focused menu is entirely Peruvian. I liked the straightforward, no-nonsense layout of the menu, fashioned like a small book that opened up to reveal appetizers and soups on the left, entrées to the right, and sandwiches, desserts and drinks on the back cover.
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