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May 26, 2007 06:49 PM

Mesa - Peruvian restaurant on Alma School?

around Main St?

Didn't catch the name of it but noticed it when we were driving south on Alma School on the West side of the street.

Anyone been there? How is it? We used to go on occasion to the one that was on Dobson and Warner and thought when we saw this we should give it a try.

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  1. Yes, it's Rincon Peruano. We have been there several times and thoroughly enjoy it. We always have the papa rellena appetizer and usually one of their soups. We haven't tried the anticuchos or really much of the menu but what we've had has been delicious. It is at least as good as the former Peruanitos on Warner.

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    1. re: Doug in Mesa

      It looks like Rincon Peruano has opened a Glendale location.

      1. re: johnseberg

        What a great tip, thanks!

        Rincon Peruano
        120 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210

        Rincon Peruano
        5925 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

    2. Ziggylu, I have been to the restaurant and loved it. I have several friends from Peru and they all claim this is the best in the Valley for authentic Peruvian food. While there I met both the chef and owner who I believe both are from Peru as well.

      1. Thanks to you both for the feedback. We're definitely going to try it out soon!

        Beyond the papa rellena, anything particular to recommend?

        1. Do they serve rotisserie chicken? I'm thinking of El Pollo Inka chain in the Los Angeles area . . .

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          1. re: kittyfood

            No rotisserie chicken. They do have several chicken dishes on the menu though. Beyond the papa rellena, the tamal peruano appetizer is good. We enjoy the sopa a la minuta and sopa criolla. We've had the lomo saltado and tallarin saltado before. Peruvian is a pretty diverse cuisine and bears little resemblence to Mexican. It is influenced by Chinese and Japanese as well as Inka, Spanish and Italian so you may find anything on the menu to be a unique experience. They have a very reasonable lunch special that includes a side of soup. On our most recent visit I had arroz chaufa de pollo which was very similar to chicken fried rice like you would find in a Chinese restaurant. It was a bit salty for my taste. My wife had pechuga de pollo which is a chicken breast with mushrooms in a white sauce which she enjoyed. We had considered carapulcra which is a dried potato dish with chicken and pork. Next time... There is still much that we haven't tried.

            1. re: Doug in Mesa

              We have at least two more Peruvian choices in the area now. La Roca at 1440 S. Country Club Dr. and another I spotted on the north side of Thomas somewhere around 50th St. I didn't have pen or paper with me at the time. It may have been named El Farol. I plan to try both in the near future.

              1. re: Doug in Mesa

                Oh, please do! Especially if either have ceviche on the menu. Do you know if Rincon has ceviche and have you tried it?

                1. re: yamalam

                  Yes, Rincon does have some ceviche choices but we have not tried them. My wife noticed that they offer a lunch buffet now. Scratch El Farol on Thomas off the list for now. We attempted a visit today and they are closed with remodeling going on. They either haven't opened yet or have already come and gone.

                  1. re: Doug in Mesa

                    I wanted to pop in from NYC to say how much my father and stepmother, who spend a couple of months in Mesa every winter, enjoyed Rincon last night with friends. I'd sent them this thread (and some others), as my father lived in Peru in the 1960s and doesn't have much opportunity to eat Peruvian food in Iowa. They just loved it and said the flan was the best they'd ever had. So thank you from a lurker on your board!

                    1. re: Doug in Mesa

                      I don't believe El Farol has opened, yet. They are located in the place vacated by Sushi Mishima, 5534 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix AZ.

                      1. re: johnseberg

                        I'm wondering what the hold up is on El Farol? I went by around noon today hoping to grab lunch, but all was dark.

                    2. re: yamalam

                      La Roca has ceviche too. We found out that it is owned by the same family that used to own Peruanitos in Chandler. Same mom cooking in the kitchen. They include a mexican selection to broaden their appeal. It's in the same strip mall as Benjarong.

                      1. re: Doug in Mesa

                        Went to La Roca with the wife about six weeks or so ago after reading Howard Seftel’s review of it in the Republic. Nice clean, unassuming space staffed by very friendly family members. We had the Ceviche, which is made with halibut, and also a Lamb Stew dish and a Pork Adobo dish. The Ceviche was very good and very fresh tasting. Both of us decided we would return again at some time. Will have to try Rincon Peruano also, which BTW also has a current review up on the AzRepublic dining page also.

                        1. re: AzDumpling

                          I visited La Roca about a month ago for lunch, and had the ceviche. I liked it a lot, actually more than I generally like the Mexican version, because it was less sharply acidic. The fish was cut in larger chunks and was fresh, with good texture. I also had the shrimp soup which was good, although a little rich for my appetite that day.

                          1. re: kittyfood

                            I tried out La Roca tonight and have to agree with the assessment of very good. Only negative was I thought the chips were okay, but approaching stale, salvaged by the dark, intense salsa. I had the Arroz con mariscos, and was shocked at how good it was, a huge plate with seafood vs rice in about a 1:2.5 ratio. Maybe I'm just a wimp, but this was crazy spicy. My eyes are watering up just remembering the flavors. I wanted to eat more, but I had already bought 2 cans of the Inca Kola (crazy good aftertaste!) and didn't want to buy 2 more. Anyone that likes this place I encourage to visit as often as you can, as it was a Friday night around 8:30 and the place was empty, despite the live music. I'm probably going to drop in tomorrow to try some of the prok/beef dishes and hope that others come in too!

              2. Took so coworkers to Rincon today.

                Had the buffet for 7.95 and thought the food was great. Meal came with soup and a juice drink. Food was very fresh and there was quite a good selection. My only complaint was they charged us 15% on a group of five and did not mention that up front. Oh well the value was there even with the extra 15%.