El Hueco - Peruvian in Redwood City
re: Melanie Wong
Decided to try it out this week after not getting any replies to my original post. Had a wonderful meal! The chef/owner was very welcoming. He was raised in Peru, and has spent many years as a chef in the US, and finally decided it was time to cook the food he was brought up on. Ordered off the menu,although there were some very interesting specials available. Had two ceviches - one with shrimp, and the other with white fish. Huge portions, very fresh tasting - tangy and spicy. The ceviche with an appetizer would make a great meal. Also tried delicious lomo saltado. I will definitely return to try the rest of the extensive menu, and would encourage others to support a great new place!
The chowdown report thread has been bumped, so I thought I'd add some photos from a return in May 2010 that I'd not posted.
Concha with bit of fried pork - still the only time I've been served them in this style. Cornuts with perfect salting and porky bits.
Chicharron de pescado - A little dry. Deep fried, seasoned fish with yucca fries.
Yucca fries - don't these look like building blocks?
The miss. One of the day's specials, basil tallerin topped with a dryish grilled chicken breast was not so special. More like bad Italian food.
However, the picarones dessert is the main reason we came back, and again, they were magnificent.
Looking at the website today, the online menu seems to have expanded. Let's keep those updates coming, 'hounds!
Thanks to Melanie Wong and based on this thread and the chowdown report, we ate here today with friends and it was wonderful. My favorite was arroz chaufa de mariscos for $14.00, which was simply one of the tastiest rice dishes I've had in recent memory. The causa de pollo appetizer was similarly delicious and the lomo saltido was a big hit. Somewhat less interesting was the carapulcra and the aji de gallina, whose curry sauce may be traditional but is a little too light in flavor for me. Main dishes are all in the $14.00 range.
I loved the spicy salsa served on the side and especially loved the little deep-fried and salted corn nuts. Homemade and addictive.
We had desserts but I'm not a dessert person in general. The alfajores were made on site and my daughter, a diehard alfajore and dulce de leche fan was super impressed.
I'd definitely go back but it's in Redwood City, a long drive from Berkeley. Menu says El Huec but all posts here were El Hueco.
593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061