The taste of Peru influenced by Japanese and Chinese flavors infused with it’s own local Brooklyn touch, that’s the easiest way to describe the inspiration and taste of Llama Inn. But then again, it’s not really easy to summarize Llama Inn in just one sentence.
We wanted to try out this place that’s creating buzz around Williamsburg, located in the corner of Wither St and Meeker Ave, it’s not your typical hipster restaurant. We arrived around 6pm for an early dinner without reservations and the place is already starting to get packed. All the tables have been reserved so we opted to go for the tables by the open kitchen. Great view by the way and right in the heart of where the action is.
Great vibe being seated in front of the open kitchen. A lot of traffic though but it’s pretty interesting as you also get to see and pique your curiosity every time a certain dish comes out.
Nice chill vibe in their bar area.
The place was already packed.
Alternate view of the place.
Their staircase going up to the roofdeck. It’s currently closed and should be opening up in the summer.
Our adorable server Math, started us out with drinks. Their specialty, Llama Del Rey which is their version of Sangria made with pisco on the rocks infused with the right amount of sweetness and lime. Comes with a nice garnish of seedless grapes on a toothpick.
Their other highly recommended drink was El Chapo, basically a combination of tequila, pisco and dry vermouth.
For appetizers, we started with their popular Ceviche, basically a seafood starter raw fish cured with citrus lime and cilantro which blends nicely with the crispy fried plantains. It’s basically a version of “Kinilaw” or Kilawin from the Philippines. I loved this dish.
Their skewers were delicious. (From left to right) Chicken thigh in aji verde sauce. Beef heart with rocoto salsa. Pork belly with char siu, a version of chicharon. I loved the pork belly the most. They are a bit on the spicy side and it works well with the overall taste.
Their tasty skewers
Their version of ceviche
Our view of all the action.
For our main dish, we opted for their Goat neck cooked in chicha de jora (a type of corn beer) and red quinoa (a type of grain seeds). The taste was pretty interesting and the meat was tender.
They also have their famous roasted chickens and beef tenderloin stir fry but they only serve them as a whole. I wish there was a way to order them in portions.
We also tried their arctic Char (cold water fish in a salmon family) with aldean potatoes, bacon and salsa.
Crispy arctic char with aldean potatoes, bacon and salsa.
Loved their goats neck infused with red quinoa.
For desserts, we opted to try their Peruvian chocolate mouse fused with the tropical fruit lucuma and showered with crispy shards of dehydrated coffee milk foam. We also tried their chirimoya and coconut sorbet with slices of pomelo, a certain type of grapefruit from southeast Asia. The sorbet has a nice cool tangy taste but I absolutely loved and highly recommend you try the chocolate mouse instead.
Chirimoya and coconut sorbet with slices of pomelo
This was my favorite – chocolate mouse fused with the tropical fruit lucuma and showered with crispy shards of dehydrated coffee milk foam.
The head chef Erik Ramirez wasn’t around but chef Matt Migliore was there to answer all of our questions. He was quite busy but was still very accommodating and pleasant to give us a little background on their inspiration.
Our lovely server Math who was such a delight to talk to.
With my friend Karren Tiu enjoying our scrumptious dinner.
For more details on their menu, you can check them out on their website here.
Llama Inn located in the corner of Wither St & Meeker ave.
Overall, we enjoyed our dinner and I would highly recommend this place. Looking forward to this summer when they open up their staircase to their roof deck.
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