GK BISTRONOMIE OPENS FRIDAY: TRADITIONAL PERUVIAN GETS A MODERN TWIST IN WYNWOOD
BY LAINE DOSS
GK Bistronomie opens this Friday, giving Wynwood one more fine dining establishment.
The restaurant, located at 218 NW 25th St., will offer Peruvian cuisine with global influences by executive chef partner Rafael Perez. The chef, a native of Peru, has previously owned four restaurants in Ecuador, one of which, Zazu in Quito, was named one of the top 300 restaurants in the world by Relais & Chateaux. Perez has also helmed the kitchen at the exclusive Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Little Torch Key.
The restaurant gets its name from the mingling of the words bistro and gastronomy, but simply call it GKB for short. The dining room will feature an exhibition-style kitchen, an indoor-outdoor bar featuring a selection of pisco infusions, and an outdoor courtyard area.
Perez, who hails from Peru’s capital, Lima, says the menu at GK Bistronomie will offer traditional Peruvian staples, along with many dishes drawn from the chef’s experiences. “We’re using mostly Peruvian products prepared with very modern techniques.”
The menu is comprised of four sections including tiraditos, appetizers, and main courses, mainly influenced by local Florida fish and Peruvian cuisine, and includes the chef’s favorite dishes from working in kitchens in Peru, Ecuador, and the United States. Dishes include foie gras empanadas, Maine lobster carpaccio, grilled octopus, black grouper ($28), cornish hen ($22), and a rib eye ($48).
Of course, there will be ceviches, including some modern takes on the staple, although the chef wants to share the diversity of his country’s cuisine with Miami. “Peruvian cuisine is definitely not just ceviche. There is an immense cultural diversity, as already mentioned, as well as a diverse geography that results in an infinite array of regional products that are imported from the country’s different areas. Ceviches range from a traditional Peruvian fish ($17) to a mushroom and yuzu ($14) and tuna and foie gras ($25).
“Peruvian cuisine has been influenced by many cultures and by the natural products from the region. The cultural influences first started from Spain, through the colonization. Later, significant immigrant colonies arrived from Asia and Europe. Because of such diversity, you will always find something to like and enjoy on a Peruvian restaurant menu.”
GK Bistronomie is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and dinner Monday through Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. The restaurant also offers late-night dining Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m to 2 a.m.