Casa Inka in Fountain Valley. Outstanding Peruvian Food.
Thanks to Servorg's search abilities and BrewNChow's recommendation (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904903), I decided to give this a try.
The food is excellent here. As good as what I've had in Miami. The beef seco was spot on in flavor profile to what I had in Peru last month.
-beef heart antichucho. Flavorful, tender. Very good beef heart antichucho.
-shrimp chupe. Tasty! Shrimp, rice, potatoes, touch of cream. Highly recommended.
-crab causa aka causa de cangrejo. Pretty good. Not the biggest fan of causa but this was a good version.
-Arroz con mariscos. Outstanding. Seafood is very good, rice flavorful, and little bits of crunchy bits of rice from the bottom of the pan. Outstanding.
-Pescado a lo macho. Fried fish filet topped with scallops, shrimp, and cuttlefish. Very light and elegant cream sauce. As good a version as I've had in Miami.
-Beef seco. Also outstanding. Incredibly flavorful. Beef marinated in cilantro and spices and stewed so it is tender. Again, identical in flavor profile to what I had in Peru.
Spot on Peruvian food in OC. Very, very impressive.
Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken. They just changed management and maybe lost half a step but their pollo a la brasa is my fave in OC (most peruvian restos I've tried round these parts, including Pollo Inka don't even get me started on that place, leave a lot to be desired.) I really like that they have a strong version of the ubiquitous green sauce, made with the right ingredients, and an equally delicious orange sauce. Casa Inka also has both sauces and their green is probably a hair better than PRC's but very close, whereas their orange sauce is pretty bad.
Next time you have a hankering for the old standby pollo and white rice and beans, go to PRC. For the other stuff, stick to Casa Inka. They're a generally nicer restaurant. PRC is a little more low-grade, fast-foody but like I said, I prefer PRC when it's just chicken you're after.
I should add that the biggest change in the new management is poor customer service. Sometimes they don't pick up the phone, they haven't updated changes to their hours (now closed Monday) or delivery status (they don't do it anymore.) And my last visit I felt the orange sauce had lost a little of its luster but maybe that was in my head? Anyway try it fast before it all goes to hell. Here's their rating trend via yelp:
as you can see it's catastrophic but reading the associated reviews shows it's all related to customer service issues (especially the possibly mentally handicapped woman working the register).
Take out place.
Went to Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken last night. The chicken was excellent, very flavorful, and the breast was still moist and tender. Green sauce was very good, also could have been just a touch spicier for my tastes.
Excellent pollo a la brasa. Definitely best I've tried in OC and at least as El Pollo Inka Torrance if not better. Thanks for the heads up!