September 29th, 2009 by Staff – Comments (0)
When it comes to cooking shrimp, it’s easy to resort to the simplistic preparations of a Shrimp Scampi or shrimp with pasta, but Between Boutique Café and Lounge in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood is putting a South American twist on shrimp with their delectable dishes of the Spicy Shrimp Soup and Sweet Potato Wrapped Shrimp.
With inspirations from Between’s consulting chef, Jose Victorio, Peruvian background, both dishes are packed with bright, beautiful flavors to bring out the best in shrimp. The Sweet Potato Wrapped Shrimp take a concept similar to Coconut Shrimp to a whole new level. The sweet crustaceans are wrapped in shredded sweet potatoes then fried for an exceptional crunchy, succulent taste. The shrimp are then served with a passion fruit reduction and balsamic micro greens.
Between’s Spicy Shrimp Soup is a classic Peruvian dish from Chef Victorio that exposes guests to the traditional ingredients of Peruvian cuisine. With the spice of the aji panca, a traditional Peruvian chile pepper with a mild, yet smokey, fruity taste to the massive Andean corn, with kernels about the size of a dime, this dish elevates the best of South American food. The dish also includes rice and a poached egg on top to complete round out the massive amounts of flavor in the Spicy Shrimp Soup.
ABOUT BETWEEEN BOUTIQUE CAFÉ & LOUNGE:
Between Boutique Café & Lounge is a plush and romantic lounge that serves a creative fusion of Peruvian – Asian small plates, as well as many equally creative and delectable cocktails. Between is the second restaurant in the Wicker Park area for owner, Carl Anderson, Between was created and inspired by his wife Lu Lu. Between’s atmosphere and decor is as beautiful and unpredictable as Lu Lu’s personality.
The seasonal menu created by consulting chef Jose Victorio reflects the bold-styling of the restaurant itself and has garnered many accolades as well as fans in the neighborhood. Between fuses lounge and café together seamlessly with NYC flair. However, the sexy night vibe is all Chicago, which explains why so people can’t resist locking lips on the seductive and secluded couches. For more information about Between Boutique Café & Lounge, visit www.betweenchicago.com.
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