Inka Mamaâ??s brings Peruvian cuisine to Foothill Ranch, CA.
Bistec Apanado is pounded top sirloin steak covered in garlic, lightly breaded, pan-fried, and served with salad and rice. It’s the Peruvian version of the country-fried steak or steak Milanese. The steak was tender, juicy and infused with just the right amount of aromatic garlic flavor. The light bread coating gave it a beautiful caramel brown finish and absorbed some of the steak juices as a bonus. The rice was fluffy and a hefty portion at that. The salad was fresh and crisp. Their vinaigrette is reminiscent of a red wine vinegar and oil mix, tangy but not overwhelming. Thumbs up, way up!
Cabrito Norteno is lamb stewed with minced onions, cilantro, Inka wine, and served with rice, white beans and sarza criolla. The tender lamb was cooked to perfection. The rice was a perfect side, a delicious way to get every last drop of the precious sauce. Add some of the sarza criolla (Peruvian salsa) to the white beans to kick it up a notch! This is a perfectly executed dish from beginning to end – almost licked the plate clean. Thumbs up, way up!
Jalea is lightly floured fresh fish, shrimp, and calamari deep-fried, topped with sarza criolla, and served with yucca and potatoes. They are not kidding when they say, “Share a Meal!” on this entrée. It is HUGE! Every piece of seafood is fried to perfection – fish was tender and juicy, shrimp was crisp and sweet, and calamari was tender. No rubbery seafood here! The sarza criolla enhances every bit of seafood and gives it a little citrus zing. I’m not a big “citrus on seafood” person, but this did not overpower the delicate flavors of this dish. You’ll love the fried corn kernel topping! It’s like a cross between popcorn and a corn nut. I was able to eat a third of this dish and had plenty of leftovers for the next day. Thumbs up, way up!
love this place. This place is excellent. Lomo saltado is superb, the waiters are Cheesy, but it's worth the hassle
Fabulous and reasonably priced Peruvian meal. I tried this restaurant just the other night and let me tell you, when you're in the mood for some good home cooking...try this place! My friend and I first started off with the beef empanadas for an appetizer. AMAZING! And whatever the sauce was that came with them-YUMMY! You could drink it with a straw! For dinner, I tried the Ajiaco de Carne was superb-very homemade tasting. But wait!!! DO NOT STOP AT DINNER! They have one of the best desserts I've ever had-the Sweets Francesca. It is a fried plantain wrapped in a crepe with a thick dulce de leche sauce on top and served with a scoop of Peruvian icecream. My friend and I shared this but wished we would have got our own. So please do not pass this restaurant up if you've never tried it.
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