Chicago >Food & Dining > Ay Ay Picante Peruvian Seafood & Steak
4569 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6063041.964228 -87.734359
11:00 am to 10:30 pm
11:00 am to 11:30 pm
No corkage fee
Neighborhoods: Far North Side, Albany Park
Definitely a Check it Out, Don't forget it's BYOB – 8pm on a beautiful Saturday night we were indecisive about where to eat and finally made our way here. This is our first Peruvian restaurant so, my opinion is solely focused on this place (no comparison to anything else). The area's not too bad for street parking as we strolled only 2 blocks from the car. Approaching the entrance, we didn't know what to expect because their sign outside gave you the impression it could be similar to a taqueria. Upon entering, we were immediately greeted by one of the friendly servers who told us the patio was packed so, we picked out a table in the front room. It was warm and inviting- low lighting, imtimate, ample seating space (you're not rubbing elbows with the people next to you), perfect conversation levels and the smells of all sort of spices and meat filled the air. We had the Chicharron de Calmares (deep fried calamari)- if you like fried calmari for good beer food, this is IT! Next up was the Cocktail de Ceviche (thinly sliced & chunked tilapia)- just the right amount of lime & chiles. There's a big ceviche selection. I had the Sudado de Mariscos (basically a white wine & tomato based seafood stoup)- nicely satisfying, but there was something I felt was missing & can't figure it out. The shrimps weren't overcooked and there were good sized chunks of squid mixed in. My boyfriend had the Bistec Empanizado (thin breaded steak)- nothing fancy & though he said it was a tad salty, he really liked it. The portions are BIG! We could've done with one appetizer and shared an entree, but loved that we tried a few things and had leftovers. Don't forget it's BYOB, we forgot ours at home & were bummed. The Inca Colas made us happy though (tastes like cream sodas). The nearest liquor store is on Lawrence just west of Elson. We will definiltey go back to try more itmes and check out the patio.
Flavors of Peru in Chicago – Best Peruvian Cuisine in chicago!!!!! I enjoyed traveling and with that ethnic food. I came across with Peru a few years back and since theni have been in search to find the real Peruvian cuisine, to me this is what AY AY PICANTE -PERUVIAN CUISINE IS ...AUTHENTIC! not only for the way the food is being deliver to the table but for the flavor on each dish, i was told that the chef is peruvian (this might be the secret), on the same note waiters are very polite, ambiance is romantic and pleasant, very clean. Mr Bardales (the owner) welcomes you as a long time friend, A great find in Chicago.
Great out door patio
Authentic Not quite... – This place didn't do it for me I guess since I have a Peruvian fiance I know how the dishes should really taste. The decor was relaxing and the colors warm but having an open kitchen made it too noisy and I was distracted by the chef who kept on looking at us when we were eating. Our waiter was attentive but when we walked in we didn't know if we should seat ourselves or wait (they should really have a sign).
I had the Aji de Gallina (Yellow Spicy Chicken) which is a traditional dish in Peru but when I tried Ay Ay Picante's I was shocked because they were missing the key ingredient to this dish which is the aji amarillo (yellow spices). Not only didn't it not have the authientic Peruvian flavor but it was also missing the yellowish color that it should have.
I love Peruvian food but if you really want to experience authentic Peruvian dishes and service I would recommend the secret of Chicago, Taste of Peru on Clark.
Great Byob – Place is nice, but i think they have to change the host, i don't think he knew what was going on. We got the menus late and he didn't even explain to us about the cuisine, Back at Macys we had a wonderful girl explaining the origins of the food and that was great!!! Anyway, we had a great time, food was pretty good but i had issues with the host.
"Good food at a good price." – Beautiful restaurant with great service, attentive waiters, excellent food, and affordable prices! BYOB!
Peruvian Cuisine- Ay AY Picante – Hi, i want to share this with all of you, there are only afew good latin americans restaurants that can be proud of their service and food quality, i was taken to this fantastic Peruvian restaurant Ay AY picante, service was pretty good, food was excellent! my partner had the lamb dish (juicy, tender and full of flavor) i am Vegetarian so i had the peruvian asian rice called arroz chaufa (with mushrooms), i am happy to say that i had a great time!! The place itself had white linen, with red napkins, it is very romantic. The byob was also perfect, we were able to get alcohol down the street.
Romance is in the air... – And i have the perfect place for it.............. AY AY PICANTE.......PERUVIAN FOOD! i checked it out the other day after looking for something "different" (not too pricey, byob, romantic, and exotic), all the reviews seem to gossip a lot about this place, so it is true! great service, food is fantastic, quiet romantic and far away from the noise of downtown.
I will be here again ( now with ) girl in a few days, (boy she will be surprised), i love the fried calamaris, not too greasy and tasty, this one is her favorite.
I love peruvians!!!!
BIG PORTIONS! less pricess – Hello, we want to comment about this place,
First of all there was plenty parking available on the street, so we didn't have top go far for this, this is good.
Second, the place is very big, the information in metromix is wrong, this place could have more than 100 people and they have a patio (winter comes and maybe we can't use anymore).
Third, there was a mexican singer (part of some group) thanking the chefs with a song for a wonderful meal.
Fourth, our orders (although were many) came very quick and hot, the waiters were very polite and smiling at all times asking us if here were something else they could do for us. THIS IS SERVICE
i HAD the soup called parihuela hmmmmmmmm they said is made with peruvian corn beer........ soooo good, also the very different cocktail de camarones, this dish is only an appetizer comes in a martini glass, but is very good, the sauce is called "golf sauce" And is sweet, i had try others (in other restaurants) and the sauce seems to be different everywhere, this one is not tomatoe sauce.
Great service, fresh plates, and very interesting music, you will love it.
AUTHENTIC PERUVIAN FOOD!! – Great Ceviche!
I loooove the way they prepare the ceviche... sooo good! it has just the right amount of lemons and spices, we also had the traditional humita (sweet with raisins and cinnamon), for those who love meat this restaurant has a variety of dishes like lomo saltado (pieces of meat satee with onions tomatoes and fries hmmm) fillet a lo macho (grill beef with rice, beans and spices), our favorite was the anticuchos ( beef marinated in peruvian spices cooked on the grill), there are also fish dishes and the best for some of us... vegetarian dishes available!!!
They have a web side AYAYPICANTE.C O M , and you will see the complete menu, service is great, place is a byob (no corkage fee)and is perfect for groups, they also have a patio that will accommodate at least 20 people (maybe more), reservations are requested (just in case).
This restaurant was voted # 1 by the latin community as the best Peruvian Restaurant in chicago and has had great reviews (check this on line), we are glad we visited and will recommended.
We hope you can come and joy great Peruvian dishes !!
Great Taste in Chicago – Starting with the service this place is fantastic!!! waiters are very attentive and always are coming to your table to check on you,........ we were very happy here, now the food... plates are big for one person, my group and I decided to share dishes like the tamales, humitas, fried calamares (my favorite), anticuchos which are done on the grill, and the aji de gallina, dreamy chicken with yellow sauce..
This place is also BYOB and there is no corckage charge, they do have a patio in the back of this restaurant, we were 12 people and there were still more room for more people.
The restaurant is decorated with the nazca lines (ancient civilization site in Peru) very nice done, we had a great time and recommended this restaurant, also reservations should be done ahead of time (just in case)
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