Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Nazca Grill - Clairemont

When my friend, Shaye, told me about the Peruvian dish, lomo saltado, I knew I *had* to have it. The combination of grilled steak, french fries, and tomatoes over white rice sounded, well, just lovely. Right??

Although Shaye recommended another restaurant in Pacific Beach (The Latin Chef is on my list), my Japanese-Peruvian friend, T, suggested that Nazca Grill is where to find her favorite Peruvian food in town.

We were the first to arrive for lunch on a weekday. The restaurant was dark, but inviting because of the friendly staff who greeted their first customers of the day. We ordered our drinks. My friend T ordered in espaƱol and they returned with our drinks, including this one for her....

Chicha morada is a traditional Peruvian drink made of purple corn. I did not have a taste, but it appeared to be tangy and sweet. There were no ice cubes in it either.

T ordered two appetizers for us to share, starting off with the papa a la huancaina, potatoes in a cheese sauce. We were surprised that this was a *cold* dish. The potatoes were boiled and sliced, like the hard boiled egg that sat on top. The sauce was not your average 'nacho-type' cheese sauce and was thinner and lighter. The dish was really simple and good.

The yuquita frita, fried yucca, was crispy, light and amazingly delicious! The yucca was topped with shaved pickled red onion that gave the yucca a touch of acidity. They also served a side of that same cheese sauce for dipping. Yum! I seriously could have eaten this all day.

I ordered the lomo saltado - the dish I have been wanting to eat for a long time. The steak was tender and moist, the fries and rice soaked up the sauce, and every bite was heaven. There also was crunch from the sauteed onion; I ensured that I had a little onion with every bite. So delicious, or should I say, "Delicioso"?  T also ordered the lomo saltado and our friend, J, ordered the saltado de pollo, which is the exact same dish with chicken.

For dessert, T ordered the alfajores, which are sweet 'cookie-like' sandwiches with a dulce de leche, caramel-y, center and dusted with confectioners sugar. They were very light. Our friend, J, tried breaking one in half, resulting in a crumbly mess on the table. When I took a careful bite, the alfajor crumbled to pieces anyway. Still, it was a sweet finish to our Peruvian experience.

There are so many dishes here I would like to try, like the bisteck a la parrilla con tallarin verde (grilled steak, noodles, spinach-basil cream sauce), pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken), and arroz chaufa (fried rice).  The next time T is in town from the east coast, we are definitely going!


caninecologne said...

Glad you went here! We like it better than Latin Chef actually. The yellow sauce for their aji gallina is so good! Also like their tallarin verde (spinach noodles with a lovely green sauce). Now I want to go again and try what you had! :)

Mary said...

I read about this place on Cab Cooks but haven't visited. The dishes look really tasty! I have a feeling I would like that dessert, too. Great post!

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