One of the world's best chefs is hosting a pop-up pisco and ceviche party in the Royal Botanic Gardens
You know what doens't come up often? An opportunity to eat food made by the chef from the world's 4th best restaurant for a mere $100. The fact that it includes drinks only makes it more of a steal. Chef Alejandro Saravia from Melbourne's Pastuso will host Peru’s Virgilio Martínez, chef at the famous Central restaurant for a Good Food Week event that will see guests taste ceviche every which way, with matched pisco.
Out on the garden terrace there will be four food stations. ONe will be celebrating the roots of ceviche; one will look to its future; and the third wil combine Japanese flavours and techniques with the traditional Peruvian dish.
They want it to feel like you are walking through a produce market in Peru and as you go you taste Tasmanian lobster tail dressed with Aji Amarillo, dill and confit eshallots. Next up is ruby snapper ceviche paired with caramelised sweet potato and roasted Andean corn. The fish of the day will meet diamond shell clams, octopus tentacles and fried calamari; there'll be a dish of mixed seaweeds, sea grass, Aji Amarillo, sesame seeds toasted marinated tofu, pickled kohlrabi and sea plankton; and one of thin slices of Marlin loin, parsnip chips, braised shitake mushrooms, Aji Mirasol and ponzu dressing. There will also be an oyster bar, smoked clams and grilled fish on offer.
Guests will have the chance to meet Martínez and purchase a signed copy of his new book Central, fresh off the press as a momento.