There’s a lot of light in Latin Bites, and a lot to like too. The dining room is a bit of a jumble but also relaxed, in a lived-in kind of way, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides illuminating the beautifully plated ceviches, anticuchos, and grilled fish. It’s casually upscale, with televised soccer games playing behind the bar and a glass-enclosed kitchen where you can watch food being prepped. The appetizers scored the most points for us, and our pisco sours paired wonderfully. The market ceviche came with flounder, octopus, and calamari resting comfortably over a creamy ahi rocoto leche de tigre (would that there had been more succulent flounder . . .). The beef tenderloin anticuchos marinated in Andean peppers and served with two sauces were perfect, exploding with flavor and enough for two. And the grilled octopus, similarly prepared, was alarmingly large but flavorful. Our one entrée, pescado al lo macho (a spicy mahimahi stew), was fine until we hit some calamari that seemed beyond their expiration date. We ended with a dessert of Peruvian alfajores: cookies with hazelnuts, almonds, and dulce de leche.
Cuisine: South American