Last we looked upon Paiche, the new ceviche and small plates concept coming to Marina del Rey from Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate, we were pinpointing its exact location in a corner of the new Stella condo complex and tasting some of the chef’s uni preparations at his Downtown restaurant Mo-Chica. Today, Paiche is in full construction mode, its insides aflutter with contractors and construction crews. The restaurant, originally scheduled to buck the Marina’s vast commissary of chain restaurants in early 2013, now has temporary signage flapping over its patio, telling passersby to look to this spring for the grand-debut of what’s being labeled a "Peruvian Izakaya." We’re not sure why the final "e" has a tilda, but suspect its kind of like the dislocated umlaut over the "n" in Spınal Tap. In any case, we can’t wait to find out when the Mo Chica and Picca chef-owner comes further west.
Paiche, 13488 Maxella Ave. Marina del Rey.