Peruvian foodie enthusiast and culinary brainchild behind this little gem is the rather swanky and dashing German de la Melena. With his heart torn between two cities he decided to settle in the Mother City and bring Peru to the table. With a keen eye he picked a spot that would become the next “in-thing” in the heart of Cape Town on the popular Fan Walk and nestled his business just below the Buitengracht fan bridge in a beautiful double storey Victorian building.
The name Keenwä stemmed from the starch based superfood Quinoa, a type of grain or seed that originates from the mountains of Peru and Bolivia, since the pronunciation of Quinoa in English is very different to what it sounds like in Spanish, German thought it would be a good idea to write it phonetically, hence [Keenwä]
Ceviche would probably be the most well associated dish with Peru; however Peruvian cuisine is indeed a smorgasbord of culinary delights – due to the numerous microclimates and diverse cultures within the country. German and Chef Fabricio Durandto have created a varied home-style menu beautifully expressive and sensory of tasting and eating traditional Peruvian dishes.
Be sure to check out the suave Pisco Bar upstairs and try a Pisco Sour!