Inca's Kitchen Naples
I've been hearing so much about this restaurant Lana and I finally had to try it. Sorry Ivan, I know we talked about a chowdown here but it was a spur of the moment decision. I'm going to make a bold statement and say this is the best Peruvian food we've ever had. We've been to Peru, although it was years ago. There was a good Peruvian retaurant in Chicago, but that closed years ago. When you get an innovative chef updating traditional recipes, you have food like you are served at Inca's Kitchen. I'm certain there are young chefs now in Peru creating wonderful contemporary Peruvian cuisine but I believe they would be hard pressed to beat some of the dishes we tried.
Insatiable Appetite has a comprehensive review with pictures on his website that I can't top.
Conchitas a la Parmesana was their version of oysters rockefeller, with scallops. The scallops are served in the shell with melted cheese. I have no idea how the cheese had a nice crispiness around the edges but the scallops remained perfectly undercooked and moist. The duo Tiridito would be a dish that Nobu would be proud to serve, with pristine marinated sashimi and 2 excellent sauces.
Lomo saltado had tasty beef and an excellent sauce. Pescado Inca Wari was
another dish with wonderfully cooked seafood, great sauce, and delicious sides.
Picarones with Chirimoya ice cream, Peru's version of crispy donuts, was a perfect end to an amazing meal. My only disappointment was they were out of pisco-no pisco sours. Sigh!
The corn kernels with 3 sauces they set on the table when you are seated are addictive.
There were a slew of other dishes I need to try. We will be back soon, hopefully with a group of Chowhounds if it can be arranged.
Inca's Kitchen, 11985 Collier Blvd - suite 9 Naples, 352- 3200, Tues - Sat: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm; closed Monday
I've been there 5 times in two months-I'm hooked!
At this price (nearly all under $18) and quality, it's one of the best spots in Florida.
Chef Rottier's traditional and innovative takes on seafood, beef, and vegetables make it a destination for ANY food lovers, not just those looking for "Peruvian". This is way above the "Peruvian" I've had in the USA or in Peru. Glad you liked Inca's, my current favorite!
i've the pleasure and experience of dining with Ivan there (you just let him go and order--he knows what he's doing) and just hope he either moves or opens another place in N Naples where i'm sure he would do extremely well (enough of the italian places already).
I was there last week for the third time....it just keeps getting better! Let me know if you get a group together.