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Andina

Although my Portland trip has come and gone, I can’t get back to my LA posts without first talking about my meal at Andina, a Peruvian restaurant and tapas bar located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. Heralded as one of Portland’s trendiest, sleekest restaurants, it was high on my to-do list when I visited the city.

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Andina offers a large selection of tapas and entrées, if you aren’t in the mood to share. My family and I started with Empanadas De Carne, which are flaky pastries filled with slow-cooked beef, raisins, and Botija olives. They were delicious.

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I stuck to tapas for my meal, and ordered the Palta Rellena De Cangrejo, which is avocado stuffed with crab and topped with a poached prawn. This was hands down my favorite dish of the night. It was heavenly.

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Another one of my favorite tapas was the Conchas A La Parrilla, which is grilled diver scallops with a tamari-brown sugar butter sauce and crispy onions.

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Underneath the crispy onions was a perfectly cooked scallop!

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In between the tapas and entrée courses, we were served a small octopus dish. Octopus is one of the few foods I am not a fan of, and it was quickly passed to my mom.  My dad and sister had the same idea, and very quickly my mom had 4 octopus dishes in front of her. It must have been delicious because she ate all 4!

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For her entrée, my sister ordered the Quinotto “Chisaya Mama,” which is quinoa risotto with Grana Padano cheese, golden beets, local mushrooms and market vegetables, laced with truffle oil. Isn’t it a beautiful dish?!

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My dad ordered the Bistec Novoandino, which is seasoned Cascade Natural filet mignon topped with a king oyster mushroom, salsa criolla, and black beer sauce, accompanied by a traditional humita and a sauté of fingerling potatoes, frisée and achiote oil. He devoured the dish!

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My mom ordered the Arroz Con Pato, which is duck served two ways: crispy duck confit and duck breast pan-seared to order, paired with cilantro-infused rice, a savory-sweet passionfruit sauce and baby carrots. I stole a bite and loved it!

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We had such a lovely meal at Andina and I highly recommend the restaurant! After dinner, we took a stroll around the Pearl District to walk off the pitcher of sangria we consumed at dinner.

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It was another beautiful night in Portland!

~S

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