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1314 NW Glisan St.
Portland, OR
228-9535 | Website
Neighborhood: Pearl District

[¡HOLA! PERU] Andina can be outright deafening when the place is packed, but it’s packed for a reason—this sprawling Peruvian palace has one of the most interesting menus in town, and really top-notch waiters. Likewise, the kitchen crew’s swiftness and consistency in cooking for crowds (Andina has multiple private dining rooms) from a big, complex menu verges on miraculous. While waiting for appetizers, my dining companion tried a Cristal, a Peruvian lager, while I sipped a potently refreshing Açaipirinha (a traditional caipirinha with puree of açai berries). It’s not unusual to make a meal of appetizers at Andina; the three we ordered were ample for sharing. Conchas a la parilla, grilled diver scallops with garlic lime butter sauce and crispy onions, and causa/mixta nikkei, lime-infused mashed potato cake with spicy tuna, crab salad and crispy shrimp, definitely rang our chimes; the yuca filled with Velveeta-esque cheese, not so much. But I was very happy with my “Novo-Andean” entree, atun con tacu-tacu y aguaymanto: seared yellowfin tuna with orange-endive salsa criolla and gooseberries (yep, gooseberries do grow in the Andes), laid over a lentil-rice patty. As for dessert, it was no afterthought—the mousse de valle y selva, a delectable semifreddo layered with chocolate ganache, lucuma-fruit-and-espresso mousse and cacao nib meringue, still haunts my waistline. ANGIE JABINE.

Ideal meal: Quinoa salad with cotija cheese, avocado, and olive; “catch of the day” ceviche; and duck breast and confit with rice and vegetables. 

Best deal: Try the lunch entree of pulled chicken in a yellow chili pepper-peanut cream sauce with yellow potatoes, rice, Botija olives, and hard-boiled egg.

11:30 am-2:30 pm daily, 4-9:30 pm Sunday-Thursday, 4-10:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $$$

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Andina: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
1314 NW Glisan St, 228-9535, andinarestaurant.com [EL OFFICIO] Pearl District "Novoperuvian" mainstay Andina is eerily pristine in coordinated earth tones and overseen by   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 ENID SPITZ

Restaurant Guide 2013: Andina

Restaurant Guide
1314 NW Glisan St., 228-9535, andinarestaurant.com. [EDIBLE ANDES] Andina’s massive menu charts the course of contemporary Peruvian cuisine. It starts somewhere in Madrid’s basement taverns,    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Andina: Restaurant Guide 2010

Food Reviews & Stories
Lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm daily, dinner 5-9:30 pm Sunday-Thursday, 5-10:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $$$ Expensive.[PERUVIAN] Andina is a cunning Latin Lothario that knows exactly how to charm the pants off everyone it meets. Peruvians love it for the authentic and traditional family recipes like fresh cevic   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Restaurant Guide 2009

Food Reviews & Stories
Probably the best reason to set foot in the Pearl District, Andina serves up dishes that are as superb as they are unusual. While Portland is rife with praiseworthy Euro-Northwest restaurants, there’s little Peruvian fare, and Andina stands a head taller than the best of its scant competition.   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Ethan Smith

Restaurant Guide 2008

Food Reviews & Stories
An overwhelming consensus—i.e., The Oregonian (2005 Restaurant of the Year), Robb Report and WW’s own readers (who voted it 2008’s Best Place to Take a Date in the Pearl District)—favors this slick Peruvian restaurant, and for good reason. Appearance-wise, it’s a pretty   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 COREY PEIN
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