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).
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
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