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Chef Jose Duarte’s New Peruvian Restaurant Tambo 22 Debuts in Chelsea

Tambo 22 opens on March 3 with biodynamic wine and Peruvian beer

Overhead view of an octopus dish on a long oval white plate on a wooden table.
Pulpo al olivo at Tambo 22
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Chelsea is about to get a new Peruvian-inspired restaurant, and it’s coming from the owner of a longtime Peruvian-Italian restaurant in Boston’s North End. Jose Duarte, who owns Taranta (210 Hanover St., Boston), debuts Tambo 22 on March 3 (22 Adams St., Chelsea).

Tambo 22’s menu features Peruvian-inspired bar food — think grilled beef skewers, octopus in olive sauce, ceviche, and grilled pork tenderloins served with anticucho sauce (anticuchos are grilled meats typical of street carts and restaurant in Peru.)

Amazonian paiche, a fish, is also on the menu, wrapped in banana leaf and served with plantain mash, sacha culantro (a Peruvian Amazon herb), and hot relish. Duarte has long been an advocate for paiche, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and it’s a mainstay on the Taranta menu as well, with the preparation changing by the day.

The restaurant’s name comes from an Incan structure that provided travelers with space to eat and rest.

Duarte is a native of Peru who has lived in Chelsea for 20 years. He hopes to expand the relationship he’s built at the Santa Cruz Lodge — which is a retreat center he’s helped build with the Andean agricultural community (including some of his family members) in Huaripampa, Peru — to bring organic and biodynamic crops from Peru into his restaurants, as he told Boston Magazine early last year.

Tambo 22’s wine list features mostly natural and biodynamic wines from Argentina and Chile, and the restaurant is also serving draft beers from local breweries, with bottles and cans from Peru, China, Canada, and New England.

Tambo 22 is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily and is currently taking reservations by phone only — (617) 466-9422.

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