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Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2008
On a recent lazy Friday night, my fiancé and I walked five blocks to Chimu, expecting nothing more than a casual night out in the neighborhood. Upon our arrival, we were offered a table in the garden. Eager to take advantage of one of the last warm evenings of the year, we accepted and were promptly seated adjacent to a large fountain. Only after sitting down in wet chairs did we realize that it had a five foot splash radius. We awkwardly huddled together at the far end of a table big enough for four. As we perused the menu, the hostess siddled up to our table and covertly attempted to crack open a bottle of Perrier without asking if we even wanted it. We caught her just in time. We subsequently ordered a pitcher of sangria, an appetizer and entrees from our waiter, who would soon prove to be a dunce. The sangria was OK, the calamari fine. The real problem came when our entrees arrived – or should have arrived. I was presented with a large steaming pile of beef stir fry, which bore not the slightest resemblance to the seafood dish I had ordered, but the waiter ran away before I realized the error. After about fifteen minutes of craning our necks to get the attention of him (or any other staff member for that matter), we finally flagged down a bus boy, but the language barrier was too great to communicate the problem. Another ten minutes or so and we caught sight of the waiter, who did not even apologize for the mistake when he finally took the dish away. Another twenty minutes passed with no sign of my entrée or the waiter. My fiancé finished his entire meal before the waiter reappeared. He claimed the kitchen was busy. Still no apology. We told him to forget it and just bring us the check. When the bill came, it was not ours. But it was $11 cheaper. So we left exact change and fled the scene, never to return. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Williamsburg, almost any place would be more enjoyable.
Posted by FoodGood on 08/15/2008
Atmosphere: Small, dark, noisy (in a good way). Value: Great value for the taste of the food. Service: nice staff but they can get sidetracked. Food: The fried calamari is excellent. Very crispy but not dripping w oil. You can taste the soft calamari within the shell. The spaghetti w spanish cheese sauce and steak is wonderful. Might want a salad to go w that though. Mojitos light and tasty, but dont underestimate its potency. The Peruvian style rice was pretty good, considering i usually dont like fried rice dishes.
Posted by mima on 07/27/2008
I went there last Friday with a friend and the tallarines with bistec and it was just fantastic extraordinary - the food is great I have not tried the ceviche but I will netx time I go. There will be a next time for sure because the food wa sgreat. The srevice could be improved a little but who care sif what you bring to your mouth is just RIQUISIMO
Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2008
We were passing through en route to Shea and planned on stopping for a late lunch based on word of mouth. We enjoyed the mixed seafood ceviche and tostones to start. My entree was the tacu tacu and the meat was cooked and seasoned prefectly. We enjoyed trying to figure out the flavor components in the risotto and the green sauce was fabulous! I cannot speak to the authenticity of the food as Peruvian but it was delicious and we highly recommend this restaurant to people who enjoy flavor and an interesting dining experience.
Posted by StockPick on 03/08/2008
have been to Peru and I have been married to a Peruvian for twenty years. I have also been to every Peruvian restaurant in the city. What is being served at this restaurant is an Americanized version of Peruvian food. As is quite often the case, a restaurant will alter the taste or the appearance of a dish to appeal to the American palate. This restaurant survives because the clientele is not savvy as to how Peruvian food is suppose to taste. The owner of this restaurant also owned a restaurant in Queens (home to this cities Peruvian population) a number of years ago. That restaurant did not survive because the clientele knew Peruvian food. If you are interested in having a pleasant meal (although a little bit pricey) in nice surroundings with a good wait staff then this restaurant could be for you. But don't kid yourself into thinking that you are eating Peruvian food.
Posted by Monica on 03/01/2008
I actually live in the hood and had never heard of the place. I came here on a first date with my boyf (Latino) because he had heard of it down the grapevine. Wow - definitely a meal to remember. It was packed inside so the manager offered to seat us out back - although it was kinda chilly and I think they forgot about us a few times, the meal itself made up for it. The crunchy little corn kernels were so snacky tasty to start, and we ordered beef hearts for an app... don't think about it too hard and you'll be way impressed. The fried seafood (forgot what it's called) entree was the best I've had in a LONG time (and I'm from Maine). I was actually sorry I ordered it because the portion was so huge and I knew fried seafood wouldn't keep, so I left it behind. We're waiting for the next special occasion to mosey on back there for another great meal.
Posted by Dirtyburger on 02/06/2008
I moved to Williamsburg 10 months ago and since then I always seem to turn left on Union and head to Dumont for dinner. Seeing as how they have been declining in performance we decided to finally check out Chimu. I have to say that this was probably the best meal I've had since I've lived here. We had the empanadas which were absolutely delicious and the garlic sauce that came with it was divine. We also did the half avocado with a seafood salad which was ok but not the tastiest thing. If you're having a bunch of spicy food and tons of flavors then the dish is nice to ease your palette a bit. The boiled potato with onions appetizer is phenomenal. They have lots of onions on top and there's beef and egg inside. The green sauce and the red sauce make it even better. We split the tacu tacu entree. The risotto was pretty tasty but I must say these guys know how to flavor and cook their meat. Meat and spice lovers must go! The best news of all our tab was like 50 bucks including a pitcher of sangria.