The Peruvian connection at Keenwä

Keenwä Peruvian Cooking
Keenwä Peruvian Cooking

Homestyle Peruvian Cooking at it’s best!

This unique eatery has found it’s place in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Keenwä open it’s doors for the first time in December 2010 and going strong.

We have eaten at  Keenwä before, but a special invite to taste another few new Peruvian dishes, did not disappoint! I honestly love Quinoa, (the grain-like power food.) If you want to know more about the health benefits of Quinoa – Read here.

Why Peruvian?

The owner of Keenwä, German de la Melena, was born and grew up in Lima, Peru. German completed his tertiary studies and set out travelling the globe for several years. This is where German completely fell in love with Cape Town and he finally settled in the Mother City. A dream of introducing authentic Peruvian flavours to the local people, became a reality.

Peruvian starter platter
Peruvian starter platter

Why Keenwa?

As German explained;  the name derived from the grain, Quinoa. Quinoa was and still is the stable food of Peru. However German enlighten us of the history of Quinoa. We even had a laugh about how some Peruvian’s refuse to eat Quinoa, like his own brother. If you are not sure how to pronounce Quinoa, sound it out as “Keen-wa.” 🙂

A Peruvian meal

Ceviche –  Cubes of fish marinated in lime juice and a sprinkle of chilies. Usually served with sweet potatoes to complement the zing. Ceviche is fresh and full of flavour, and can be served in different variations, just ask.

Crisp Ceviche is served!
Crisp Ceviche is served!
A small spoon Ceviche; full of flavour.
A small spoon Ceviche; full of flavour.

The Peruvian dished that stood out above the rest was Quinoa -crusted Croquettes and Quinoa cooked Risotto-style. It is very hard not to like these to dishes! The Croquettes, filled with crab and langoustine, served with a passion fruit sauce.

Quinoa baked Croquettes
Quinoa baked Croquettes

The Pesque de Quinoa – a warm bowl of Quinoa cooked risotto-style. Choose either mushroom or spinach cooked Quinoa. We had the mushroom and I can truly recommend this dish. A lot healthier and gluten-free compared to normal Risotto cooked with short-grain white rice. 🙂

Quinoa cooked risotto-style
Quinoa cooked risotto-style

If you crave something sweet to end the evening, ask for Alfajores. The shortbread biscuits sandwiched with Manjar Blanco – A sweet and creamy type of paste made from milk. The perfect end to a Peruvian meal!

Alfajores
Alfajores

Keenwä

Keenwä is located on 50 Waterkant Street, Cape Town. This little eatery is not on the main road, but definitely worth the effort to find it. Keenwä is open week days for lunch from 10:30 – 16:00. Then for dinner from 18:00 until late; especially if you pop into P.I.S.C.O bar upstairs. 😉 Find Keenwä on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

SPECIAL! Keenwä  is currently running an amazing special. Start off with the delicious Croquettes, then a Quinoa dish for Mains and a glass of wine for R150 per person or pay R200 Per couple. The special runs every night between Tuesday and Saturday.

Candlelit Table at Keenwa
Candlelit Table at Keenwa
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