Vulcan Real Estate has announced that its West Main property in Bellevue has gained a new tenant – La Mar, a culinary experience that celebrates the authentic flavors of Peruvian gastronomy.
La Mar’s new Eastside restaurant will be located on the ground floor of Vulcan Real Estate’s West Main property and is anticipated to open next year. Situated in the heart of downtown Bellevue, the space is conveniently located within walking distance from The Bellevue Collection shopping centers, Bellevue Downtown Park and Main Street.
The space will be approximately 10,000 square feet in size and will incorporate a mixture of indoor, outdoor and lounge seating, as well as a terrace, cebiche bar, sommelier and an open kitchen concept. Adding another layer of authenticity to its design, the restaurant will also feature a unique seafood display and Peruvian artwork from local artists. Its menu will range from classical Peruvian dishes, like Lomo Saltado braised whole fish, to more traditional dishes like seafood cebiche.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with La Mar to provide Bellevue’s thriving ecosystem of workers and residents the opportunity to experience Peru’s culture and to taste some of the country’s most celebrated dishes,” said Ada M. Healey, Vulcan’s chief real estate officer. “The addition of La Mar will contribute to Bellevue’s tremendous growth into a vibrant, equitable and diverse place to live, work and play.”
Featuring the acclaimed cuisine of chef Gastón Acurio, La Mar by Gastón Acurio offers diners the chance to explore the authentic flavours of Peruvian gastronomy. With an urban setting in downtown Bellevue, La Mar is conveniently located close to hotels, office buildings and the Bellevue Square Shopping mall. The restaurant’s contemporary design provides the perfect backdrop for La Mar’s signature cebiches, freshly grilledanticuchos and specialty dishes and cocktails. Offering a mix of indoor, outdoor and lounge seating with a lively bar providing a distinctive culinary experience, the menu ranges from the classical Peruvian dishes such as Lomo Saltado, braised whole fish and traditional seafood cebiche. With authentic and unique recipes, guests are invited to sit back and enjoy a delicious voyage across Peru.
La Mar’s menu will deep dive into traditional Peruvian seafood dishes, comprising the most beautiful, in-season produce that the ocean has to offer. From the moment of arrival, diners are taken on a culinary journey, sampling Peru’s incredible culinary influences-spanning Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Andean flavors- Served from La Mar’s trademark Cebiche bar or cooked in our woks; the food flavors and presentations are unique to La Mar. Anchored by the most celebrated Peruvian classical cebiches, the dish is made to order and combines the freshest, sustainable catch with a leche de tigre citrus-based marinade of lime and ají peppers. Additional signature fare will include a selection of shareable causas; creamy potato gateau topped with seafood, tiraditos; a Peruvian style of sashimi, and anticuchos, comprised of popular Peruvian street food including chicken thighs, veal heart and octopus on potato cream. To complete the experience, La Mar will be home to a comprehensive cocktail programme including Peruvian classics infused with Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy, and iconic cocktails with a Peruvian twist.
“Peruvian cuisine is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world joined in a delicious world of unique Peruvian flavors. In recent years, our cuisine has been sharing its food culture all over the world, specially in cities that love food and celebrate world culinary diversity like Seattle, where Peruvian cuisine is represented at great restaurants. That’s why it’s an honor for La Mar to arrive in Seattle at one of the most iconic buildings, with the best of our Peruvian seafood culture, so we can be part of this beautiful story between our cuisine and Seattle” Gastón Acurio, Founder, La Mar
The concept of La Mar was born from Acurio’s desire to share local palates with the cuisine of his homeland, Peru. The story dates back to 2005 when Gastón together with Jose Cárpena, current partner and Manager of the brand, in an idea of making the world fall in love with Peruvian cebiche, opened La Mar in Miraflores neighbourhood in Lima – Peru. The restaurant´s name is inspired by the current street where it is located and by how local fishermen call the sea – “La Mar.” From the beginning, the restaurant had the slogan of working with the freshest ingredients from the Peruvian sea, respecting closed seasons and minimum sizes of seafood, making visible the work of artisanal fishermen and local producers. To date, the brand is present in cities such as Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Miami, San Francisco, Doha, Dubai and soon in Seattle/Bellevue.