La Leña is a restaurant by husband-and-wife team Adam Warren, the longtime chef at Navarre, and Angeline Perla, who introduced Adam to the cuisine of her native Peru.

During their trips to Lima, Adam came to love Pollo a la Brasa, Peruvian rotisserie chicken, which is a staple in the capital’s restaurant landscape. They saw how popular Pollo a la Brasa was for lunch and dinner, and marveled at the motorcycles buzzing through city streets delivering chicken day and night.

Adding to this culinary discovery were the neighborhood huariques, neighborhood restaurants serving Comida Criolla, the popular fare of Lima. Adam was hooked. They ordered a rotisserie from Peru and set about finding a space to recreate these authentic flavors in Portland.

Turning to farmers he’s worked with for years, Adam uses the same high quality ingredients and from scratch approach to cooking. La Leña is also guided by Angeline’s memories of her favorite Peruvian dishes, lovingly prepared by her talented father, whose recipes are incorporated into the menu at La Leña.

La Leña is a casual restaurant connecting Portlanders to Peruvian cuisine made with the best local ingredients and authentic Peruvian products. The restaurant also offers a rotating selection of fresh juices, creative cocktails, beer and wine.

Peruvian cooking