Los Balcones del Peru - what to order
It's not upscale, though reasonably pleasant in atmosphere. No cuy... isn't that more of a highland dish? They do have saltado, though I thought the saltado de mariscos had nothing like the heady mixture of spices at Mario's.
I've had the camarones a la piedra a couple of times, but thought it was nothing special, although J. Gold raved about this dish in the Weekly. I guess it's a good choice for the raw pescaphobes. Their regular mixed ceviche is fantastic.
My husband got a fish dish the owner recommended, and as a result I don't know what it's called. It was super-simple, but so delicious. I think it may actually be the pescado a la chorrillan that pleasurepalate mentioned.
We also liked the chocolatey Peruvian beer.
When I was there last, my friends and I shared a trio of really great appetizers:
Camarones a la Piedra - shrimp cooked in aji amarillo, Peruvian spices, yuca and julienned red onion.
Conchitas a la Parmesana - broiled scallops topped with grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil and butter.
Choritos a la Chalaca - fresh boiled mussels served open faced in its shell, topped with their house salad made of finely chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro and Peruvian corn kernels.
All three were excellent. Fresh with lots of great flavor.
For my entree, I had the:
Pescado a la Chorrillan - fillet of fried fish topped with a sauce of onions and tomatoes, bell peppers and green onions. Served with steamed rice.
A really nice mild fish and I enjoyed all the vegetables that came with it.
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