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El Chalan Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner
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Menu

CARNES Y AVES / BEEF AND POULTRY
$14.5
Pollo al Vino
chicken breasts, coocked with red wine, carrots, raisins, and spices
$14.75
Arroz a la Chiclayana
Peruvian style chicken cooked ini cilantro with rice and beer, garnished with peas and pimientos. Please allow 25 minutes to prepare
$14.5
Aji de Gallina a la Arequipena
Shredded chicken cooked in a creamy peanut, garlic, onion sauce
$15.5
Cabrito Norteno
goat stew cooked in vinegar, onion, and spice, served w/ rice and beans
$15.5
Seco a la Huachana
beef stew cooked in cilantro sauce and spices, served with rice and beans
$18.75
Steak du Jour
rib eye steak served with onions, eggs, and rice
$14.75
Cau Cau a la Limena
tripe stew cooked with potato, peas and spices, served with rice
PESCADOS Y MARISCOS / FISH AND SEA FOOD
$16.95
Pescado a lo Macho
tilapia fish, served fried or poached, topped with a seafood sauce
$16.75
Pescado Frito Estilo Chalan
fried tilapia topped with mushroom and shrimp served w/ rice and potato
$15.5
Picante de Camarones
shrimp in a peanut chili sauce
$16.5
Cau Cau de Mariscos
seafood stew cooked with potato, peas and spices, served with rice
$16.5
Pescado a la Chorillana
tilapia fish served fried or poached with onions, tomatoes and spices
POSTRES / DESSERTS
$7.0
Flan
$4.0
Alfajores
$8.0
Tres Leches
$8.0
Dessert of the Day
SOPAS / SOUPS
$6.6
Sopa de Pollo
chicken soup
$7.0
Cazuela de Res
beef and vegetable soup
$9.0
Chupe de Camarones
shrimp chowder with rice, egg, and spices
ENSALADAS / SALADS
$7.0
Ensalada Mixta
tossed salad with chalan dressing
$8.5
Palta con Palmito
slices of avocado and hearts of palm
APERITIVOS / APPETIZERS
$12.5
Ceviche de Pescado
fresh fish marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and seasoning
$13.5
Ceviche Mixto
fish, shrimp, and squid marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and seasoning
$8.5
Choros a la Chalaca
Fresh marinated mussels garnished with a marinade of onion, tomato, corn, and pepper
$9.75
Camarones a la Limena
shrimp sautée in garlic and butter
$7.75
Causa a la Criolla
tuna salad served in between mashed potatoes
$9.5
Anticuchos el Chalan
marinated beef hearts
$7.75
Papa a la Huancaina
boiled potatoes topped with a creamy cheese sauce
ESPECIALIDAD DE LA CASA / OUR HOUSE SPECIALTIES
$17.5
Arroz con Mariscos
peruvian style paella, rice cooked with seafood & fish in white wine and spices. Please allow 25 minutes to prepare
$14.5
Lomo Saltado
our famous stripped beef sautée with fired potato, onion, and tomato, served with rice
$26.0
Filet Mignon con Salsa de Champinones
filet mignon served with a mushroom sauce
$15.5
Parihuela
seafood soup with fish, shrimp, clams, and mussels
$13.75
Vegetariano el Chalan
vegetarian dish, chick peas / spinach stew
$14.0
Pollo Saltado
chicken sautéed with fried potato, onion, and tomato, served with rice
About
El Chalan Restaurant was founded in 1975 by Pedro and Elsa Espinoza. The first Peruvian restaurant in the Metropolitan DC area. We are family owned business and we have kept the same menu and quality for the last 42 years. El Chalan to this day, is still a world renowned restaurant. Join us to expierence typical Peruvian cuisine.
PRICE RANGE
US$0
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Peruvian, Latin
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The flavors and the food was so fresh... I felt eating in Peru.... the Arroz con Mariscos just perfect... it remembered me the beautiful Lima city and Mancora...nice place 🙂👍

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank lydiapes
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Went for lunch with colleagues. Forgot my phone on the table. Came back to pick it up after about 20 minutes. They had not found it. Checked “Find My iPhone.” Showed that it was still at El Chalán. Went back again looking for it. Nothing....More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank 769felixv
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I have practically visited every Peruvian restaurant in the DC metropolitan area, including northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs. El Chalan remains my favorite after several decades. Lomo saltado, ceviche mixto, and seco are my favorite dishes. Many moons ago, I asked the owner how she...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank L8111CQalejandrob
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Having never eaten at a Peruvian restaurant we decided to step down into this cellar restaurant. The service was good but with a slightly different style. I; however, enjoyed the interaction with staff. There were some unusual dishes. I tried a Peruvian special--well prepared &...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank John B
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

A friend and I happened to run into this hidden place. It looks tiny from the outside, but it actually isn't. The food was good, the pisco sour was nice and the bread was very tasty with the aji. The paella was a bit overcooked,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Shela01
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Went here for dinner with a friend who recommended this place and from all the positive reviews was looking forward to it. Perhaps they were having an off night but I was not impressed. There was a large group in the room as you entered...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Keith P
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

El Chalan is always our first stop when we visit Washington. The food is uniformly delicious and the service always gracious.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank KKGreenport
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We went there for lunch and had a great experience. We ordered Anticucho and they were delicious. For main entree I had the goat and my friend had the lomo saltado. She loved it! For drinks we had pisco! I love the ambiance and the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Terratravel1
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

I had not eaten at El Chalan in around five years. I often order Ají de Gallina, and I did and thought it was delicious. A business associate had the chicken in wine sauce and thought it was excellent. Two negatives are that it is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank 572juanb
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We had some wonderful experiences with Peruvian food back in our home London, but we were always appalled there by how expensive these restaurants can get. We tried, on the recommendation of a local, this El Chalan resto in D.C. and we have to say...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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