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Mar 20, 2007 09:13 AM

Los Balcones del Peru - what to order

I have been dying to go here after all the amazing reviews, so the hubby and I are going to make a stop before we see Wicked on Sunday night. What should we order?

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  1. 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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    2 Replies
    1. re: pleasurepalate

      I love the ceviche, all the fish dishes and the "big corn" w/ cheese.

      1. re: pleasurepalate

        My wife and I had two appetizers the last time, one with fried squid and the other the scallop dish you describe. We thought the latter was not very good, but we liked all the other food we had, including fish in a tomato/pepper/onion sauce.

      2. I love the Tacu Tacu, a mixture of rice and beans, served with fish or shrimp or beef. Husband liked the "big corn" and cheese, I didn't.

        The cookies are really good. I think they're caramel.

        1. Is this an upscale joint or do they also serve basic Peruvian fare, i.e. aji de gallina, lomo saltado and cuy?

          1. 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.