El Chalan is an upscale Peruvian restaurant located at 1924 I St NW. They serve very tasty pisco sours, as well as ceviche and other Peruvian classics. The food is good and it’s a rare interesting restaurant in a part of the city loaded with chains and places only open at lunch. My one caution about El Chalan is that it’s not a hip, young place. The decor is old-fashioned and seems a little tired. Its location in a basement doesn’t help in this regard. If you’re looking for a really cool spot to impress a date, El Chalan might not be your place. If you’re looking for a nice place to eat good, interesting food with your parents, then it is a very good bet.