Andina a Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl District
Andina is a popular Peruvian restaurant in downtown Portland in the Pearl district, owned by the Platt-Rodriguez family. The multi-level restaurant was awesome. It has an incredible atmosphere.
While we waited for a table, we watched the craziness of the open kitchen cranking out food as fast as they could. We only had to wait 15 minutes for a table on a Saturday night, which for Portland is amazing.
Local Ingredients Creating Traditional and Modern Peruvian Cuisine
The food is outstanding. Andina chef Dustin Koerner collaborates with Peruvian-born, Co-Owner Doris Rodriguez de Platt to develop a menu that celebrates the restaurant’s Andean roots with an emphasis on traditional and modern Peruvian cuisine. The kitchen sources native and local ingredients to create dishes at once traditionally rooted and personally inspired. Naturally healthy elements of Peruvian ingredients and cooking methods also enables Andina to offer a variety of menus to fulfill gluten free, celiac, vegetarian and vegan needs without sacrificing taste.
The Dining Experience at Andina
Every meal starts off with bread and three dipping sauces a jalapeño sauce, passion fruit sauce, and some sort of peanut sauce. All the sauces were tasty.
Next, we shared a small salad, which was plenty for two. The salad is one of their small plates that can come in small, medium, or large. All their Peruvian tapas can be ordered that way. Although there were lots of tapas on the menu the salad was the only one we tried.
Mind Blowing Main Courses!
Instead of tapas we ordered from their entrees menu. This one is the lamb entree. It was a huge portion.
The salmon was phenomenal, my daughter loved it.
I ordered one of the specials flank steak with chimichurri sauce. It was a wonderful meal! I do not know what to call the vegetable rice stack, but it was so good.
These next plate was some sautéed veggies with an empanada.
Last, but not least: DESSERT!
We finished the meal off with dessert. We had the flan which was good, but thicker than flan I’ve had before. Andina had a bunch of unusual sorbets on their menu, we had some sort of raspberry hazelnut sorbet.
We also had a pecan macaroon that was amazing.
Live Music at Andina
Andina also has great nightlife. Over in the restaurant’s Bar Mestizo, some of the city’s most talented musicians play live Latin music every night of the week with no cover charge. They celebrate cultural diversity with musicians from Japan, Puerto Rico, Peru, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico performing nightly.
During the week, musicians play intimate solo sessions and on Friday and Saturday nights, a duo or full band plays lively rhythms that evoke the spirit of Latin America.
Bar Mestizo is adjacent to Andina’s dining room and open kitchen in the historic Pennington Building in The Pearl, Bar Mestizo showcases the Peruvian culture with small touches that reflect the importance of food and community.
Guests can sip on a traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour, Sacsayhuamán, or Bachiche to a fiery flamenco guitar performance or sample modern Peruvian tapas from Executive Chef Dustin Koerner while a performer serenades the room with a Bossa Nova.
Live music is performed Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., with no cover charge.
For detailed descriptions of featured performers, please visit www.andinarestaurant.com. For more information about Andina or Bar Mestizo (1314 NW Glisan, Portland, Ore. 97209), please call 503-228-9535.
Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.