Zoraya Zambrano’s cooking roots go back to the days when her family ran a restaurant in the city of Calca, in Peru’s Cusco region, where, she, too, would open her own eatery. In 2002, she came to the US and spent many of her next 15 years rising up the ranks at Andina where, until the end of this week, she’s been the restaurant’s chef de cuisine. And come May, she’s opening Casa Zoraya, her new Peruvian restaurant that she’ll run with her son, Gary Marmanillo (Andina, Paiche, Can Font, and D.O.C.), her daughter, Gloria and their family friend Gwennyth Holle.
When it opens in the coming days, Casa Zoraya will serve modern Peruvian dinners, weekend brunches of tamales, pan con chicharron, and salsa criolla, and plenty of South American wines.
Holle says the bar menu showcase a variety of piscos, while the food menu will prominently feature ceviches front and center.
“Zoraya and Gary will call upon the many cultures that have influenced Peruvian cuisine—Japanese, Chinese, Italian, African,” Holle says. One ceviche that Casa Zoraya will offer is ceviche carretillero, which translates as “wheelbarrow ceviche,” that will pair the classic dish with fried seafood, fresh seaweed, and plantains. “For the chefs, the ceviche menu is a beautiful space to be creative,” Holle says.
The restaurant is slated for a mid-May opening, and when it does, it’ll be open from 3 to 10 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 4 pm till close on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 am to 3 pm on Sundays. The liquor permit, Holle predicts, will likely be approved sometime in June.
Casa Zoraya: 839 N Lombard, 503-384-2455