SUMMER OF CEVICHE AT EL ATINO & CO
By Jo Rittey
My Mexican friends have long lamented the absence of cevicherias in Melbourne. For Latin Americans, nothing says ‘summer’, or apparently ‘hangover cure’, quite like the quintessential seafood dish, Ceviche. This summer will be different for my friends. Melbournians now have the perfect opportunity to try the ceviche experience for themselves at Richmond’s El Atino & Co.
The Latin American new-comer is continuing its mission to win over new fans to the vibrant and robust flavours of authentic Latin food, and it has opened its very own seasonal Cevicheria for the summer months.
As the name would imply, a Cevichería is a seafood restaurant specializing in Ceviche and other chilled seafood cocktails, common throughout Latin America, and especially popular in Mexico and Peru. Like Spanish tapas bars, each region has its own specialties, with every Cevicheria offering up their different twist or specials, but always using traditional methods and serving the classics.
Amongst the first Cevicheria to roll out in Melbourne, El Atino & Co’s seasonal pop up will certainly tread a similar path. Head chef Martin Zozaya will recreate the distinctive combination of freshly caught seafood with authentic Latin American spices and bright zesty flavours, offering a mix of classic Peruvian Ceviche and Ceviche mixto with red snapper, as well as tiraditos with red and yellow Peruvian ajies (peppers), Mexican prawn cocktails and seafood tostadas.
Prepared using a centuries old method of cooking with the acidity of fresh lime-juice instead of heat-based methods, fish becomes opaque and firm. Served with traditional cancha tostada (toasted corn) and glazed sweet potato, El Atino & Co’s contemporary take on the classic Ceviche is a fusion of exotic flavours that characterize the art of Peruvian cooking, and transcend continents – which is guaranteed to transport you straight to the coast of Huanchaco.
And if you are going to let Martin tempt your taste buds with his delicious and contemporary take on this classic Peruvian staple, what better way to do it than over a long, languorous brunch. Pair your Ceviche with a Pisco Sour, a Margarita or a chilled Corona for the ultimate refreshing weekend treat.
El Atino Cevicheria is open on Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 3:30pm from this weekend until 26 February 2017.
And if you really love the Ceviche so much you want to recreate it for yourself, don’t forget you can take home ingredients from El Atino & Co’s adjoining grocery store.
So say ‘hola’ to summer at El Atino Cevicheria.
366 Bridge Road, Richmond
Jo has an exotic (kiwi) accent, loves good food and wine and has just a touch of the required culinary cynicism when it comes to the misuse of apostrophes and the hype over rainbow lattes.