Get ready to stamp your passport, because Metta Sol’s deliciously unique Peruvian plant-rich feed-me-menu will have you travelling to Lima.
The Goodwood gem announced that the first stop on this year’s feed-me travel series will be Peru, aptly named Pachamama. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name, Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous peoples of the Andes. In Inca mythology, she is an “Earth Mother” type goddess and a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting.
Pachamama’s feed-me menu will see you trying crispy corn kernels, potato causa, creamy potato, mushroom and oyster mushroom ceviche with tiger plant-milk, baked yuca fries, cilantro mayonnaise, arroz con coliflor, mixed vegetable rice, pickled onion, huacaina mayonnaise and tempeh saltado, rice, onion sautéed mushrooms, sautéed green beans. Last but not least, tejas, nut filled caramel dates, chocolate, roasted nuts, lucuma ice cream. Wow!
The travel series used to be a staple for the plant-based cafe, but once COVID hit the series was put on pause. The eatery has previously visited multiple countries such as, Italy, Greece, India, France and Malaysia.
Owner David expressed his excitement for the return of the travel series after 2 years, saying that “it’s a great way to rediscover all of your favourite country’s cuisine, without having to leave the country.
“The purpose of the travel series was to give people an authentic food experience, whilst also collaborating with local cooks, chefs and friends,” David says.
This first stop of the 2022 travel series was created in collaboration with friends Claudia and Angelica, who will be drawing influences from their mothers’ home cooking.
Angelica’s family roots can be found in La Sierra, the central highlands of Peru. Many of her favourite childhood meals are traditional warm and hearty dishes enjoyed in the cooler high altitude weather.
She remembers her mother cooking up a traditional Lomo Saltado (Peruvian beef stir fry) every winter, and has created a tempeh and mushroom-based saltado to bring out even further those umami flavours she loves.
Having several family members who are vegan, Angelica is an expert at whipping up delectable substitutions for traditionally meat-based dishes that will have you scrambling for seconds.
Claudia is an Aruba-born, Australian-raised Peruvian with a passion for good food. Having moved to Australia at a young age, Claudia preserves her close connection to her roots through cooking traditional Peruvian recipes every Sunday with her mama Nancy.
Having ancestry from both Cusco and La Selva (the Amazon jungle), Claudia is well versed in a variety of Peruvian dishes and is most excited to share her arroz con coliflor, a plant-based twist on the meal that takes her home.
Metta Sol promises to reward two year’s worth of patience with an evening of great music, great vibes and even better food.
Sunday, July 24 for a 5.30 pm or 7.30 pm sitting
Metta Sol at 98b Goodwood Rd, Goodwood SA 5034