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Mochica's

I have found this, to me, amazing place to eat. The food is great, the atmosphere "snuggly", the service very friendly but I hear no press about it and reservations are always a snap to get. Any opinions on this?

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  1. Lots of reports here:

    http://www.chowhound.com/search?item_...

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Is it still owned/operated by the same folks who just opened Piqueos in Bernal Heights?

      1. re: bernalgirl

        That's what the Chronicle said:

        http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...

    2. What are the best things to order? Anything to avoid?

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      1. re: rworange

        I've never had a bad dish there. From the simple chicken casserole style dish to the sinful shrimp/cheese bisque.

        1. re: rworange

          the pork-stuffed fried yucca balls are delish

          1. re: rworange

            The ceviche is great. I'm a huge fan of the fish dishes (either the cau cau or the pescado macho(sp?). the chicken dishes are great, too.
            desserts, imo, are kind of a miss but the apps and entress more than make up for it.

            1. re: margieco

              the anticuchos are delicious, as are tequenos and of course the ceviche. i like this place much more than fresca, which seems to always be packed while mochica is half full. maybe it's the lame location.

              1. re: shiromaguro

                hey, that lame location is my neighborhood. That's what I love most about it :)

            2. re: rworange

              chorizo stuffed grilled calamari served on a bed of lettuce -- mmmmmmmmmmmm

            3. We went there Saturday night. Decent food, friendly too, but the service got horribly slow towards the end of our meal. I was compelled to leave a 5% tip....which I might do only once or twice a year.

              IMHO, the Peruvian food (and service) at Limon and Fresca are far superior....with the edge going to Limon...though both are very close in quality and overall level of satisfaction.

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              1. re: chilihead2006

                I believe slow service is part of the authentic Peruvian experience <vbg>. I've never been to a Peruvian restaurant where the service wasn't leisurely at best.

                1. re: chilihead2006

                  What did you eat?

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    ate there about an hour ago again. i had the ceviche mochica (three different sauces for the fish), tequeños marinos, and chupe de camarones. all exquisite and abundant. the service is slow but in a let you relax and enjoy way, not a rude aloof way. i've been there three times and i'll be back. i made reservations but the place was near empty...can't figure out why.