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Ceviche Martini de Tigre from Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria From Seafood & The Menu’s collection of best-selling seafood menu items of 2018

In San Diego, Pisco’s best-selling Ceviche Martini de Tigre starts with a marinade of the traditional leche de tigre citrus-based sauce.
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Emmanuel Piqueras, Executive Chef | Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria, San Diego

Many customers are wary of seafood because it can spoil easily, concedes Pisco’s executive chef Emmanuel Piqueras. “To me, ceviche is the most honest, clean, and best way to make sure that you are eating a super-fresh product,” he says. His top-selling ceviche is the Ceviche Martini de Tigre, which he developed as a way to blend the traditional flavors of Peruvian ceviche with Southern California ingredients.

Piqueras uses a traditional leche de tigre, a citrus-based spicy marinade for curing fish. He notes that since Peru and California share the same ocean, he has access to the same species, like halibut, octopus, sea scallops and shrimp, as he would in Peru.

“By adding avocado, habanero and cilantro, it becomes a more familiar dish for San Diegans,” he says. “It’s a great ceviche for diving into our contemporary Peruvian menu.”

From the special Sept/Oct 2018 Seafood issue of Flavor & the Menu magazine. Read this issue online or check if you qualify for a free print subscription.

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Christine Burns Rudalevige is a seasoned food writer and classically trained cook living in Brunswick, Maine. She has worked as a chef, a farmers’ market manager, and a boutique caterer. Christine founded the Family Fish Project (a website dedicated to eating seafood at home) and later worked as a lead culinary instructor at Stonewall Kitchen. The dedicated home cook and food writer has lent her voice to regional and national media outlets, from NPR to Cooking Light.