China Chilcano is Jose Andres’ newest place in DC, and serves a fusion of Peruvian, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. While the food isn’t up to the level of some of his other spots nearby like Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya, you won’t be disappointed and it’s a fun time.
There’s a lot going on with the menu, which can be a little intimidating. The names of dishes are written in their native languages, so unless you minored in Mandarin and spent a semester abroad at the top of Machu Picchu, you may have to pull the ol’ “point at the menu” trick when ordering.
The seafood (ceviches and sushi), dim-sum, and fried rices are all easy to share, but the larger, entree-sized meat dishes are there if you have sharing problems and want to be selfish. This makes it a good place to bring a moderately-sized group so you can try things from different sections of the menu. And be warned: they’ll also bring out a bowl of half popped corn kernel things to start that are incredibly addicting. Not to sound like your mom, but try your hardest not to fill up on them, because it will be refilled non-stop. We’ve tested pushed the limits on this.
Bottom line: You may be confused when you look at the menu, but the food here is solid, so order from any section with confidence.
What does Peruvian/Chinese/Japanese sushi taste like? A spicy tuna roll, apparently.
No, you aren’t ordering an airplane. A fried rice dish with a bunch of vegetables and an option to add a meat. If you like fried rice (so, everyone), you’ll like this.
Another fried rice dish, but with fried pork skin and pork belly (i.e. an improved version).
Oxtail covered in cheese, refried beans, and rice. This is good, but doesn’t justify the excitement you felt when you read the description.
Get something with Pisco, a Peruvian liquor, and you’ll be all set.