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Nov 23, 2008 09:26 PM

La Furia Chalaca (Peruvian food), Oakland report w/ pics

On Sat 11/22/08 four of us ate at 5pm. We were the only table for 1hr. They had music on so it wasn't too lonely.

We got many things to share:

Pisco sour $7 - Famous Peruvian alcoholic drink. hubby liked it.
Chicha morada $2.50 - sweet drink made from purple corn. I liked it.

FREE toasted warm bread w/ cold butter. We liked the warm bread. Ask for refills if you want more.

papa rellena $7 - Delicate fritter of mashed potato stuffed with seasoned ground beef served with our lime-onion house salsa. One smallish fritter we split in 4, I thought it was ok.

Yuca fritas $7 - An order of fried yucca with a side of Huancaina sauce. I didn't try the fried yucca though it looked nice and not too fried. Nice sauce like nacho sauce.

Anticucho $10- Peruvian style kabobs, bite size morsels delicately marinated in wine, vinegar and spices skewered and grilled to perfection. Prepared with tender slices of beef heart, served with grilled potatoes. 2 skewers of beef hearts w/ good amount of meat, very tender and juicy. Spicy chili sauce on the side - yummy. Recommended.

Lomo saltado $15- Choice sirloin stripes or chicken sautéed with onions, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cumin served with golden fried potato.

Parihuela fisherman soup $17- like a ciappino w/ fish, shrimps, clam, & squid, nice.

Ceviche $15-Seasoned fish, marinated in limejuice with a touch of chili, served with corn, yucca and sweet potato. Good amount & delicious. Some crunchy corn, a white sweet potato, some yucca. Recommended.

Desserts on the menu sounded good & seemed resonable:

Helado de lucuma $3 - Peruvian fruit made into ice cream

Arroz con leche $4 - classic rice pudding w/ Peruvian twist

Mazamorra Morada $4 - Peruvian delicacy rarely found in restaurant. Bits of apple & pineapple in a pudding made from purple corn, sweetened w/ sweet potato flour & spiced w/ cinnamon & clove. To try next time.

Alfajores $4 - Traditional Peruvian cookie w/ flakey crust & caramel filing. Only 1 cookie though. To try next time.

Creme Volteada -Peruvian style flan.

Our total before tip $97.20. Not cheap, but good food.

One unisex bathroom in the back of the restaurant.

Street parking is easy, close to Jack London Square. Next to Soizic.

Sun 11-9
M-Th 11-3; 5-10
F & Sat 11-12AM

My pics:

La Furia Chalaca
310 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

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  1. Was the lucuma ice cream homemade? I love good lucuma ice cream, and the only version I've had in the Bay Area is at Mitchell's in SF and I didn't really like it.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I'm always looking for a place that serves Pisco Sour. (They don't serve it at Limon.)

      1. Finally got around to trying this place, on a Saturday night after a movie at the JLS Regal. My only other experiences with Peruvian cuisine have been at Inkas, which I love, so I can't speak to authenticity, etc...but we all enjoyed our meal.

        Warm bread to start was a nice touch as noted. The three of us also shared an order of beef-and-egg empanadas, which was really one big empanada that they cut into three pieces for us. This wasn't bad, but my piece didn't have much if any egg. Inkas' empanadas are still my gold standard.

        My dining companions both ordered the Pescado Frito: barely-breaded, nicely-marinated and perfectly-fried fish (not sure what kind) served with plenty of rice and plantains. Delicious.

        Instead of getting a regular entree, I decided to try two more appetizers, the beef heart Antichucos and the Papa Rellena. I know I like the antichucos at Inkas, but I think I liked this version just as much if not better: satisfyingly beefy, with a really good char. And for $10 it's an extremely generous portion, with a side of grilled potatoes, definitely enough to serve as a light meal on its own. The Papa Rellena was fine, but a little bit boring to me, maybe because the filling is too similar to the empanada's. I'd try something else next time.

        I wanted to try one of the desserts, but the rest of my group wasn't up for it, so that'll have to wait until a return visit. $20 per person (before tip) was quite reasonable, and the ambiance and service are both nicer than you'd expect at this price point.

        There were maybe three tables occupied the whole time we were there, from about 7 to 8 on a Saturday, so they could definitely use some more business! I think it's a great option in this area. (At least for dinner, in terms of overall price/food/service, I preferred it to Bocanova, for example.) And I believe I read somewhere that they have live music sometimes--anyone know which nights?

        Inkas Restaurant
        3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        La Furia Chalaca
        310 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

        55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

        2 Replies
        1. re: abstractpoet

          I believe they have live music on Saturday nights, but later. I think they do a lot of their business later in the evening. I've been by there after a movie and it's been hopping.

          1. re: abstractpoet

            Glad I found your excellent review. I somehow missed it before. Today's Groupon is for half off here. From your report, it sounds as though they do need the business.

          2. Sounds excellent! For those of us on the Peninsula, a reminder that El Hueco on Woodside Road in Redwood City is another place for excellent, authentic Peruvian food. A small casual place, but one that provides food prepared with great care and authenticity.

            El Hueco
            593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

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            1. re: lpfch

              No buzz on this for quite some time. Any recent visits? Thinking about going soon.

              1. re: lmnopm

                We went for a second visit a couple of months ago (with a Groupon this time) and thought it was at least as good as our first visit. The seafood stew that my wife ordered was excellent.

            2. I was disappointed with my meal here, though I do like the room, with the big wooden bar and the elaborately framed pictures on the walls.

              The papa rellena was fine. I liked the lime-onion salsa on the side. The warm-but-stale baguette with cold foil-wrapped butter was not really worth eating, IMO.

              My friend said his carapulcra (braised pork) was bland and only included three or four tiny pieces of pork. (I think he compared it to cat food.) He didn't offer a taste.

              I was happier with the sauted shellfish and chicken. The squid and shrimp and single mussel were overcooked and hard, but the sauce with onions and tomatoes was nice, with a bit of heat. The potatoes seemed like soggy french fries, but I'm okay with that.

              They were out of first two bottles of wine we tried to order and the pricing was confusing, so we changed our order. He had a beer and I ended up with a glass of wine that smelled and tasted like sherry.

              There were two other couples dining, and a soccer match on TV (no music).