Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, fun and casual downtown setting. We provide service that is casual yet knowledgeable, genuine and attentive, utilizing locally sourced products and vendors that are sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.
A collaboration between Chef Gaston Acurio and VBD Group, LLC (Veronica Beckman, Vincent Beckman, JP Bitting, and Brian DeNicolo). Tanta looks to take each guest that walks through our doors on a culinary adventure through Peru. The menu, created by Acurio and Tanta Chicago Chef Jesus Delgado, takes diners on a voyage through Peru via its food. From the Pacific Ocean, through the Andes, to the desert, to the Amazon, Tanta celebrates the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up Peru’s culture. Emigrants from China, Japan, Spain, and Italy melded their respective dishes with the native Peruvian cuisine to create the unique melting pot of Peruvian cooking that keeps boiling to this day.
Tanta’s mixologists created a menu of Peruvian-influenced beverages that focus primarily on pisco, a grape brandy made in the wine regions of Peru, enjoyed by Peruvians and their South American neighbors for centuries. The most famous cocktail made with this interesting import, the Pisco Sour, dates back to the 1920’s and traditionally is made with pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, egg whites and bitters. In addition to the classics, Tanta’s modern-day craft cocktails are fun interpretations of Peruvian favorites inspired by local influences.
The Tanta team tapped Esyn Designs to conceptualize and design the elegant and eye-catching multi-level space, paying special attention to warm and cold textural and color details that reflect the cuisine and culture of Peru. The design of Tanta also reflects its respect for the natural bio-diversity of Peru, extensively utilizing South American Ipe, a hardwood known for its beauty and durability. Other features include textured concrete walls and one-of-a-kind Peruvian pop art by Jeff Zimmerman.