Aji Peruvian Cuisine is a Peruvian restaurant on Long Beach. There are potatoes everywhere here: boiled, mashed, fried. Potatoes are buried like treasures beneath mounds of the shredded chicken-studded gravy of the aji de gallina and displayed like polished gemstones next to skirt steak in the bistek a lo pobre. But even before you order any of these, there are the house-made potato chips drizzled with a spicy homemade aioli. They’re what the servers bring to start you off instead of bread as soon as you sit down in this charming exposed-brick dining room. And these are the best possible kind of potato chips, occupying that sweet spot of crispness and crunch between Lay’s and kettle-cooked. As there may not be any culture that reveres the humble tuber more than the ancient Incas, there may not be a restaurant in California that respects the potato more than Aji. Here it’s treated not as a throwaway starch, but an ingredient that gets equal footing with meat.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. by Edwin Goei
At Aji Peruvian Cuisine in Long Beach's Retro Row, there are potatoes everywhere: boiled, mashed, fried—sometimes all three. Potatoes are buried like treasures beneath the shredded-chicken-studded gravy of the aji de gallina and dis...