For me, the best buffet dishes were those meaty, stew-like ones that can stand up to a full service. That means guiso de pollo, or dark meat chicken braised in a mildly piquant sauce along with strips of onion. Or aji de gallina, another mild stew that, on first glance, has the sort of smooth, pasty appearance of Indian daal. If you've ever had the Peruvian sauce, huancaina (also served here as an appetizer, $5.99), this is similar: The chicken is shredded, sauced with a fresh queso blanco cheese that's more crumbly than creamy, thickened with crackers, and seasoned with garlic and aji amarillo. It looks and eats like a porridge — thick, filling, and really, really good. More adventurous eaters may opt for the cau cau, a potato and honeycomb tripe stew seasoned with hucatay. Offal-phobic eaters can take heart that the green Peruvian herb has a minty aroma that calms the otherwise pungent tripe.

Choros à la chalaca: Boiled mussels topped with onions, tomatoes, and Peruvian corn.
Candace West
Choros à la chalaca: Boiled mussels topped with onions, tomatoes, and Peruvian corn.
Lomo saltado: Sautéed beef strips, with fresh tomatoes, onions, and French fries.
Candace West
Lomo saltado: Sautéed beef strips, with fresh tomatoes, onions, and French fries.

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La Rosa Nautica, 515 NE 20th St., Boca Raton. Open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 561-296-1413.

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There's plenty more to try at La Rosa Nautica — the bean and rice dish called tacu tacu, a whole host of seafood soups, pastas, fried fish, and salads made with octopus and shrimp. It would take quite a few visits to get through it all — which is doable thanks to affordable prices and the friendly and outgoing staff, who will remember your name and chat with you (if you're willing) on each subsequent visit. Best of all, the restaurant might not sit on the ocean like the original La Rosa Nautica in Peru, but its anchor is firmly planted in the sea.

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