In September 2016, the Shops at Merrick Park welcomed 320 Gastrolounge, a Latin-Asian fusion eatery housed in the former Piripi space. Now Anderson Osorio, Red Ginger's former executive chef, has taken over the restaurant's kitchen and given it a Japanese edge.
Focused on blending Peruvian and American staples with a hint of Asian flare, the restaurant opened with chef Juan Aguero, who prefers to go by chef John Joseph, at the helm. A Peruvian native and Piripi veteran, Joseph crafted a menu inspired by his Peruvian roots coupled with his American experiences. Less than six months later, Joseph left 320 Gastrolounge. Osorio, who has held stints at Makoto, Barrio Latino, and Sugarcane, was chosen as a replacement.
"Chef John Joseph longed to explore opportunities outside of Miami," Eric Corro, owner of 320 Gastrolounge, says. "He was great help in opening 320 Gastrolounge, and we really wish him nothing but the best."
Osorio's new menu launched on January 11, adding a Japanese influence to the menu's Peruvian focus. Reminiscent of his background, 320 Gastrolounge gives Osorio the opportunity to fuse his Peruvian heritage with his passion for sushi.
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For lunch, the restaurant will now offer bento boxes ($20). Served with a house salad, arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice), and miso soup, diners can pack their order with everything from spicy salmon maki or wok veggies to fish ceviche or beef anticucho.
For dinner, find spicy edamame drizzled in a garlic chili sauce ($10); crispy tacu taco, a Peruvian version of refried beans and rice, packed with spicy tuna, scallions, and rocoto aioli; and chicken, pork, or beef ramen ($14 to $16). There's a selection of bao buns too ($10 to $12), stuffed with everything from short rib and pork belly to lomito and tuna.