I spent lunchtime on Sunday trying all sorts of tasty ethnic food at the Taste of Wheaton, then spent the afternoon over at Brookside Gardens strolling around and enjoying the nice weather. For dinner, I was feeling adventurous, so my boyfriend and I headed over to Cabanita on 11305 Elkin St. around the corner from the Royal Mile. This place has been on my radar ever since Eatin in Wheaton mentioned it in one of his posts.
The restaurant specializes in food from the Arequipas region of Peru. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside the walls were painted a cheery yellow color with photos of Arequipas decorating the walls. The wall-mounted TV was tuned to a spanish-language sports channel, but it was later changed to a spanish music channel. It was a little loud, but not too distracting.
They had a fairly big menu, with just about everything listed in both english and spanish. We did notice that a spanish-only part of the menu listed 'cuy' as being available if you give them 5 days notice. Cuy (pronounced 'kwee') is guinea pig, which is a fairly popular traditional dish in Peru. Well, since we didn't give them 5 days notice, cuy wasn't in the cards for us, so we looked over the rest of the menu. It wasn't quite as cheap as we had hoped - most of the entrees were in the range of $12-$18.
We shared a pitcher of chicha, which is a corn-based drink (non-alcoholic at Cabanita). It resembed a red fruit punch with a little bit of a cinnamon taste. I liked it, but the pitcher was way too big for two people to share. We then ordered an appetizer of roasted sliced potatoes, which came with a 'mild sauce' that was thick and tasted a little like peanut sauce. It was good, but not super-exciting.