Inkas Restaurant (Peruvian food), SF report w/ pics
Three of us went to Inkas Sat night because I didn't make reservation for Blue Plate. Inkas was a good choice though, hope more people try it. It's Peruvian cuisine.
We tried Pollo a la bras-Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken served w/ french fries Medio (half) $10. It's really good chicken, probably better than Zuni Cafe and it's cheap. The waitress gave us mayo and mustard for our fries.
Under entradas & Appetizers we ordered:
ceviche mixto-white fish & assorted seafood marinated in fresh lime juice & sliced onions, $11. It's good!
Choros a la Chalaca-green mussels in the shell topped w/ diced onion, lime juice & spices $9.50-good
Anticuchos-marinated beef heart served w/ corn & sweet potato $6. It's really good.
Yuca Frita-deep fried yucca $4-I didn't try it, but others liked it.
Parihuela-seafood soup mixed w/ a light tomato sauce & white wine $8-really delicious.
Combinado de Cabrito-combination of lamb w/ cilantro sauce, rice & beans $10. Tender lamb w/ a scoop of rice and beans-I liked it fine.
Jarra de Chicha Morada (pitcher of Chicha) $5. Good enough for 3 ppl, but it's a small pitcher. We enjoyed it, just a fruity drink, non-alcoholic.
Alfajores (Peruvian cookies) $3. Three yummy cookies. Wish it was sweeter w/ more sweet stuff inside and out, but that's me. It's a good version though.
Credit card taken, one unisex bathroom was fine.
Total w/ generous tip & tax for all this food and drink was $90. Good bargain, highly recommended.
3299 Mission St
Nothing much to add - except that I second the recommendation. Friendly owners, but seem a bit overworked and slightly slow on the service.
Really enjoyed the roast chicken (had some flavoring similar to five-spice chicken), as well as the marinated beef heart. Would certainly go back.
Decor is spartan and the space is a bit... expansive for a restaurant.
well, from the hubby he said the antichucos (beef hearts) were extremely tender and a little bit chewy at the same time, and it was marinated just right. I'd have to agree.
the choros a la chalaca (mussels) were broiled or steamed with the diced onion, lime juice & spices added cold on top. I liked them very much.
I'd been to Inka's a few times, but the food really shone this time. Antichucos were the best I've ever had. Chicken was juicy and perfect. Alfajores were excellent. I do prefer the ceviche pescado to the mixto; and the mussels, while very good, were very similar to the mixto. The food definitely has a kick, and I imagine they'd make it spicier if you encouraged them.
We had none of the slow service problems on previous visits. This is definitely a neighborhood place, warm and friendly, and the family that owns it came by a number of times to see how we liked everything.
And no need to spend as much as we did, unless you're determined to sample the whole menu. It's easy to spend under $20 per person including tax and tip.
Friends of mine went here last weekend, and raved about it too. They brought back some alfajores for me and I too, thought they were great. Very fresh, and not so sweet which is how I like them.
They also spoke highly of the empanadas. One friend is Chilean and makes his own empanandas and he claims it's the best empanada he's had in the US. They live in DC though...
I hope to make it here soon!