Aji Peruvian Cuisine

2308 E. Fourth St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
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  • Open Mon., 5-10 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.
  • Beer and wine
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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