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bamabuilt Apr 23, 2007 01:15 PM

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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    chilihead2006 May 1, 2007 07:09 PM

    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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      Ruth Lafler May 1, 2007 09:25 PM

      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.

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        Robert Lauriston May 1, 2007 09:56 PM

        What did you eat?

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          shiromaguro May 2, 2007 11:50 PM

          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.

      2. rworange Apr 23, 2007 01:19 PM

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

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          bamabuilt Apr 23, 2007 01:29 PM

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

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            jeffypop Apr 23, 2007 02:26 PM

            the pork-stuffed fried yucca balls are delish

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              margieco Apr 25, 2007 10:29 PM

              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
                shiromaguro Apr 26, 2007 12:19 AM

                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.

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                  margieco Apr 27, 2007 05:30 PM

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

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                smiles Apr 27, 2007 01:06 PM

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

              3. Robert Lauriston Apr 23, 2007 01:15 PM

                Lots of reports here:

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

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                  bernalgirl Apr 23, 2007 08:02 PM

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

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                    Robert Lauriston Apr 24, 2007 10:52 AM

                    That's what the Chronicle said:

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

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