Waska Peruvian Chicken, led by chef Elias Salazar, is a contemporary Peruvian establishment offering an array of seasonal dishes that spotlight regional specialties.
All of the items on the menu are created using farm-fresh ingredients and imported Peruvian products.
Born and raised in Callao, Peru, chef Salazar takes inspiration from his culinary roots, namely his grandmother’s teachings, to bring Waska’s flavour-packed dishes to life.
“Peruvian cuisine has many different cultures involved in it and it represents 500 years of culinary evolution,” Salazar says. “Every place in Peru has its own cuisine or version of a dish.”
Many of the dishes on the menu also incorporate old family recipes.
“My great grandmother, grandmother and mother have all made me the chef I am today,” Salazar says. “I strive to celebrate them through Waska.”
Having worked in kitchens in Lima, Toronto, and Montreal, Salazar now knows how to make more than 100 types of Peruvian ceviche, classifying it and any type of seafood as his signature dish.
The remainder of the menu offers a host of delicious, traditional Peruvian fare, including tamales, empanadas and quinoa-based dishes, among others.
Waska’s name is an ode to a Quechua word that is commonly used in Peru to tell people that they are tipsy and happy, enjoying themselves amongst friends and family.
Salazar is opening another elevated Peruvian cuisine concept later this summer.
805 Dovercourt Rd.