El Huarique again.
Today I asked them to put together a "sampler" plate, a combination. He said sure - come back in 10-15 minutes. I took in the uh..."colorful" neighborhood and came back 15 minutes later.
Wow! I regret I didn't take a picture of it. (just forgot). But it was quite impressive - and beautiful. A two plate assortment of seafood cebiches , some very crunchy fritto mixto, a couple causa topped with shrimp, mussels, etc.
Quite a feast - two plates worth, with a soda was $29. I managed to finish it off, but I could see sharing it.
I asked him what to call this dish - he said "pique". Ask for that and you'll get an impressive experience. And take a pic and post it.
The bigger thread is http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898819, but I'm gonna give this thread some love. Finally got to try El Huarique. Here's a quicky recap rather than a full review...
Ordered the following through their website http://elhuariqueonline.com/ :
* Chaufa De Mariscos - Shrimp, calamari and octopus stir fried rice with Peruvian flavor. Mixed with eggs, green onions, oyster sauce, sauteed with Peruvian soy sauce. Got the $12.99 Seafood option; $13.99 Shrimp available too.
* Chebiche 3 Ajies - Fresh fish, squid, shrimp, octopus, oysters and mussels cooked in lime juice, Peruvian spices, aji limo and roccoto aji served with Peruvian corn, sweet poatato and leche de tigre shot. Got the $12.99 Basa/Swai (Farmed) option; $16.99 Halibut (Pacific) available too.
I'll start with the negatives:
* Ordered online at 11:30 AM, food wasn't ready until 12:10 PM.
* Really hard to find parking. When I called to try to do curbside pickup, their line kept going to voicemail.
* Ordered the Chebiche 3 Ajies specifically for the oysters (only dish on the menu that mentions oysters, not counting oyster sauce) but no oysters (no octopus either).
* Friendly and accommodating. I was parked in a red zone, risked running in, was told food wasn't ready, said they'd bring it out to me. (Thanks Milo!)
* Delicious and well made food. Fresh seafood.
* Try the halibut with the cebiche; the basa/swai was a little spongy in texture.
* Call the food order in. Maybe the online system was delayed in sending in my order and that's why it took ~40 minutes to be ready.
* Time order with the street cleaning (on Westminster at Speedway 11 AM to 1 PM on Mondays/Tuesdays--one side of street each day), either so it's ready just before it starts or right when it ends, so there's plenty of parking.
* Try the "pique" (or is it "piqueo"?)--sounds awesome!
re: Mattapoisett in LA
Made-to-order is good, but 40 *is* still a really long time to wait (and, IIRC from other threads, there's really not much of a seating/waiting area, no?). Think I'll likely call in my order ahead of time, if I have a chance to make it out.
Peter, what was portion size like (would you agree w/ the OP that $29 could feed 2 people pretty decently). The food looks so delicious....
For all who are complaining about parking, we will park on Main by the elementary school and park. There are usually several spaces to choose from and it's not a bad walk from there.