Paradita Eatery can be found right at the entrance of the Emeryville Public Market.

With a high-profile spot right at the entrance of the transforming Emeryville Public Market, Paradita Eatery has been under construction for a few months. But it finally opened four days ago, bringing Peruvian-style street food to the East Bay.

Paradita Eatery is from Chef Carlos Altamirano, who brought Peruvian food to the East Bay a few years ago with the opening of his Parada Kitchen in Walnut Creek. Since then he’s built up a catering business and food truck line, but now wants to offer more accessible food with Paradita. The Peruvian flavors are there on the menu, but now packaged in easy-to-eat items like sandwiches, rice bowls and skewers.

I had the chance to check out Paradita Eatery during a media preview night last week, where I got to try most of the items on the menu. A major plus for Paradita’s spot at the Public Marketplace is its liquor license, allowing it to have a full bar serving up variations of the popular Pisco Sour.

Sandwiches include items like a pork loin ($9.75) or pan con chicharron or a variation of the classic lomo saltado ($10.55), or steak and fries turned into a sandwich. I’m more excited about the rice bowls, which are perfect lunch items with a base of basmati rice and roasted vegetables with toppings such as aji de gallina (chicken), adobo pork, or seco de cordero (lamb shoulder).

Lomito al Jugo ($13.50) is the bowl version of the classic lomo saltado beef dish with fries.

Pan con chicharron ($9.75) or slow roasted pork loin with fried yams, marinated onions and cream de rocoto.

Seco de Cordero ($15.50) or lamb shoulder in cilantro and Cusquena beer sauce.

Skewers provide another easy street food choice, in chicken or the savory pork bellies. And of course there are empanadas, the South American hand pies. Paradita makes theirs with a waxy crust (probably a lot of lard), and fills it with a curry chicken or spinach and mushrooms.

Like I mentioned, alcohol is served up at the bar, with three types of Pisco Sour (my favorite was the maracuya, or passion fruit), sangria, beer and wine.

The one thing I didn’t get to try is the rotisserie chicken, which will be served up at Paradita, similar to how it’s done at Parada. Have to come back to try it!

The Emeryville Public Market has attracted an array of ethnic food vendors offering global flavors from Southeast Asia to South America. Paradita Eatery surely will bring a new flavor profile for this cosmopolitan food court.

The deets: Paradita Eatery, 5959 Shellmound St., Emeryville. PH: 510.808.5073. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations. Major credit cards accepted. paradita.com

Chicken empanadas are oddly served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Colorful chips

Bartender working on some foam art on his Pisco Sours.

Classic Pisco Sour is made with pisco, egg white, and angostura bitters.

Aji de Gallina ($12.75) or stewed chicken in Peruvian aji-amarillo pepper and cheese sauce with potato, Botija olive and egg.

Did I say how much I love Pisco Sour?

Bumped into Christina of East Bay Dish and she convinced the bartender to make us a Pisco Sour flight. Heaven!

Classic South American dessert of alfajores or shortbread cookies with dulce de leche filling.

2 Responses to Peruvian Street Food Arrive in Emeryville with Paradita Eatery

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    Looks tasty! I wonder if the powdered sugar on the empanadas mimics that on the basteya at Mourad — a little sweet to go with all the savory.

    • Ben Ben says:

      The powdered sugar on Mourad’s basteya must have been so little that I didn’t even remember that. I recall liking the basteya. I felt thrown by the sugar on these empanadas, maybe because I’m used to eating savory empanadas without the sugar and know how good it is as it is.