Edwin Vergaray and Gladis Muñoz have opened Mi Peru in Durham, in the space formerly occupied by Rick’s Cafe (and more recently, Bear Rock Cafe). The native Peruvian husband-and-wife team share cooking duties, while their daughter, Lucila, manages the dining room.
Lucila Vergaray offers a hospitable welcome and enthusiastically answers questions about the menu, which serves up a broad sampling of traditional Peruvian fare from lomo saltado to jalea, a delightfully different pairing of fried seafood and salad in a single dish. The offering also includes three variations on the theme of Peru’s deservedly famous ceviches.
The owners imported a charcoal-burning rotisserie from Peru to make another of that country’s signature dishes, rotisserie-roasted chicken. Marinated overnight before slow-roasting, the birds are available whole or in entree portions with your choice of sides from a selection that includes yuca (fried or boiled), canary beans, and plantains (sweet or green, fried up crisp and salted).
You can also check the restaurant’s Facebook page ( facebook.com/miperucuisine) for daily specials such as Peruvian style pork chops and fried fish, most of which come with two sides for $7.99.
Mi Peru (4015 University Drive, Suite 1; 919-401-6432) is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.