VANCOUVER — Modern Peruvian restaurant, wine and cocktail bar Suyo will open its doors in Mount Pleasant in B.C. this summer.
The new concept, and first of its kind in Canada, has been created in partnership with Suyo chef/partner Ricardo Valverde; Vancouver restaurant veteran James Reynolds; general manager and award-winning bartender Max Curzon-Price; and tech entrepreneur Felix Ng as director of Operations. The name Suyo, derived from a South American Indigenous word that means homeland, honours Valverde’s family and country of birth.
Designed by Evoke International, Suyo will come together in a newly constructed 50-seat space that includes a dining room and bar, in addition to a private room with a capacity for 20 people and 500-bottle wine cellar.
Suyo’s menu will have a strong focus on seafood and pay homage to ancient Inca dishes like Pachamanca, a dish based on meat, potato and vegetables cooked underground in hot stones. The menu will also feature modern takes on classics like Aji de Gallina, arroz con pato and Lomo Saltado, and highlight the global influences in Peruvian cuisine, including Chinese, Italian and Spanish influences. The beverage program will feature wines from Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, as well as all eight varieties of Pisco for the bespoke cocktail list.
“We’re excited to introduce Vancouver diners to our versions of the most popular dishes in Peru: from ceviches and tiraditos, to causas and anticuchos,” says Valverde. “It will be a unique culinary experience that you won’t find anywhere else.”