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The Washington DC Passport drink program is a useful aide in discovering new bars and restaurants. During the summer, Passport holders get drink deals at 40 restaurants throughout the city and a few in Virginia and Maryland. The Passport To Peru program, currently running through the end of the month at China Chilcano, is doing something similar. Instead of visiting other bars and restaurants, diners are welcomed to taste cuisines throughout Peru.


We visited China Chilcano during the first week of programing and tasted the Cangrejo Reventado, a dish of snow crab, scrambled egg, yucca, ají amarillo, and red onion. It’s a beautiful (at least when first presented, after a few bites it’s a sloppy, egg-y mess), warm, comforting dish you will most likely never attempt to recreate at home. It’s exactly the kind of dish you want in a restaurant, especially one on a limited basis. Hopefully they’ll bring it back on their regular menu.


Other highlights include the well plated Anticucho de Corazon (the dish of Roseda beef heart, potatoes, choclo, rocoto sauce is the featured image) and the La Playa (a cocktail consisting of Ron Cartavio, pineapple pisco, guanabana, lemon, and prickly pear).


This program comes at a good time for China Chilcano. In the last few months multiple Peruvian restaurants have opened in D.C. (read our thoughts on Pisco y Nazca). And now that it’s finally cooler, these dishes are a comfort to the weather. This week the restaurant will highlight food inspired by the Amazon followed by Lima next week. With each visit you’ll receive a stamp on your ‘passport.’ Each stamp will give the diner a free Chilcano cocktail.

Now that it finally feels like fall, a visit to Peru seems like a good idea. A visit to China Chilcano for Passport To Peru is much easier. More affordable too.

Passport to Peru continues through October 28