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La Mar Cebicheria Peruana -- Reviews?

I'm having dinner next week at La Mar (the new Peruvian restaurant in the former Tabla space). Has anyone been there yet? Any dishes I should try or avoid. I'm a "newbie" when it comes to Peruvian food. Thanks for your help.

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La Mar
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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  1. ellenost,

    We haven't been to La Mar yet because I usually like to give new restaurants a chance to get the kinks out and to read what others have to say about it.

    I see that arroz con pato is on the menu. Aldea and Nuela both have delicious versions of it, albeit rather different ones. So, that's a dish I'd definitely consider trying.

    Aldea's Arroz con Pato: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

    Nuela's Arroz de Pato: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

    Looking forward to reading your report.

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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    1. re: RGR

      La Mar branch in Mexico City is pretty good, so
      Im looking forward to this Acurio's branch.

      1. re: LRS

        I went to La mar in the city a few days ago and did not like it one bit, plus it was too expensive for what they give you. Will keep going to my usual places in Queens.

      2. re: RGR

        Oh my god, Nuela's Arroz con Pato looks spectacular. I need to plan a visit.

      3. I'm heading there next Friday. I'll be sure to report back. I'm excited for the visit. The menu looks great and I've heard nothing but raves from NYers who have been to the San Francisco post of the restaurant.

          1. I had an impromptu business lunch here last week. Pretty looking space after the redo, but you could see the insulation through what used to be an open area from the balcony down to the dining room.

            Tried an interesting blue corn soda that they make in house -- tasty and unusual, and not too sweet.

            One thing to note: daily specials on the boards appear to be ONLY for dinner, annoying.

            All the ceviches were good to very good, though hard to share as they were a bit drippy (we were recommended to use spoons by the server). Hopefully they'll iron these kinks out.

            Elegance ceviche (warm water fluke, red onions, peruvian corn and yam in a leche de tigre of five elements) was good but kind of "standard" as far as ceviche goes. I did like the Peruvian corn (huge kernals, thought it was a tiny tuber at first, my coworker guessed they were hominy).

            Limeño ceviche was definitely a notch better. American red snapper, spanish day-boat octopus, calamari, scallops and blue shrimp in an ají limo leche de tigre. Great sauces. High quality and very fresh seafood. Amazing "juice" at the bottom -- I could have eaten this all day.

            Nikei ceviche was probably my favorite -- yum! Very Japanese tasting in flavor. Yellowfin tuna, red onion, japanese cucumber, daikon, ripe avocado and nori in a tamarind leche de tigre juice. Really really good. Avocado and tuna always goes well together. My coworkers and I disagreed which was better, the Limeno or the Nikei, but we both thought they were excellent.

            We also got one non-ceviche appetizer. Ají De Gallina, which was two empanadas, two tequeños (looked like egg rolls) and two croquetas. with mashed avocado, rocoto cream and ocopa sauce. Excellent sauces. I might skip this in the future.

            For my main, I was pretty full at this point, so opted for the beef skewers. Listed as "Antichucho" served with with anticucho sauce, smashed fried potatoes, choclo, and huacatay sauce. Perfectly cooked to a nice medium. High quality meat, well trimmed, nicely chewy, good flavor. Simple dish executed very, very well.

            My coworker got the arroz con pato, and it was really more like a roasted duck leg with crispy skin, and some rice. Meant more as a 1 person entree, focused on the meat than the rice. He loved it, said it was the best thing he'd eaten in weeks. I didn't get a chance to try it, he ate it so quickly!

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            La Mar
            11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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            1. re: kathryn

              Thanks RGR and Kathryn! I think I'll definitely try the Limeno and Nikei ceviches.

            2. We dined there last night.

              The food was excellent from the lomo salteado, their chaufa version of fried rice, the sudado to their meats.

              The service was uneven, however, a party of 5, 3 got their meal and had to start eating as 2 others had to wait for their meal. A glitch most likely due to having recently opened.

              If you go have Peru's best loved cocktail ask for this one: Pisco Sour Seco with Pisco 100

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              La Mar
              11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010