|First a cocktail|
|Fish of the Day Tiradito|
|Alitas de Pollo|
|Fish of the Day Ceviche (Snapper today)|
|Deep fried Garfish|
We had a special not on the menu – Deep Fried Garfish. Once again, fresh tasting, very nice crispy crunch accompanied by sweet potato and chopped red onions. Delicious morsels!
|Papa Rellena de Carne|
Another form of potato came, a Fried Stuffed Potato filled with Aji Panca and oregano spiced ground beef served on Aji Amarillo Sauce. I am loving all these sauces, he has it down pat and should really sell them so I can buy them.
By now the chef has well and truly filled our stomachs, well mine anyway, can’t speak for Mr Foodie. Anyway, the heavy stuff just started. My rice!!! Lomo Saltado, a dish of wok fried beef fillet with tomato, onions and lomo sauce topped with chips and served with garlic rice. It’s like this dish was made for Mr Foodie and I to share. He gets his chips, I get my garlic rice. Well, it was for all 6 of us but you know, how considerate of the people who came up with this dish decades ago. The beef was tender and the sauce was rich and flavoursome.
|Arroz con Chancho Escabeche|
My eyes must have perked up when I saw rice or something because the next dish they sent us Fried Pork Belly in Aji Panca and beer sauce served with coriander rice and escabeche. So I always thought escabeche was marinated sardines, turns out it isn’t just that. I’m actually not sure what escabeche was in this case, I forgot to ask. Perhaps pickled something. First this dish’s flavour profile hit the mark for me – bull’s eye. My type of meal. I tried working on this at home but I think I’ll just go back to Mestizo. Not quite getting there myself. The pork belly was delicious and tender. The rice is like green rice with peppers, coriander, corn, peas and other ingredients. In fact I just had coriander lime rice with mince tacos for dinner last night and it made me think of this rice.
We were surprised with another dish that wasn’t on the menu. Garlic rice again! *Happy dance*. It was a dish of tender pork, chickpeas, potatoes and queso fresco. Once again tasty and satisfying. I remember the school days when we used to buy steamed chickpeas from the street vendor as snacks, Malaysian Ringgit fifty cents a pack. Damn you inflation!
At the end of the meal, I tried to analyze why I enjoyed this cuisine so much. Well first the obvious, they eat rice and cassava too. That’s my bread and potatoes guys! That aside the flavours are not boring or one-dimensional. It has layers and interesting flavours and that keeps me interested in each bite.
Do yourself a favour, go try Mestizo Cocina Peruana. And thus begins my love affair with Peruvian food.