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Very disappointed by Mochica

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Very disappointed by Mochica

nja | Jan 24, 2005 04:58 PM

I tried Mochica for the first time on Saturday night and was very dissapointed.

We started with the Ceviche Mochica, the one with three different halibut cheviches. While I did enjoy the three different seasonings, about half of the halibut nuggets were full of sinew and difficult to chew. The topping of purple onions were raw (not sweetly pickled like I've had at any other Peruvian restaurant). And it wasn't even good raw onion, but rather very harsh and hot onion that left a lingering flavor in my mouth.

The broth in the Parihuela was very good, but all of the solid ingredients--fish, mussels, shrimp, squid--were overcooked, rubbery. The fish was totally devoid of any flavor.

Likewise the sauce on the Lomo Saltado was good. But the onions were again raw and unpleasant. The potatoes were not fries but several very large, mealy, overcooked wedges (my guess: a single quartered potato) that were not fried but probably roasted. The meat was tender enough but I've had better.

The Alfajores were extremely dry and flavorless. The plate had been sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon, but not the cookies, so I tried to scrape some off the plate in an unsuccessful attempt to give the cookies some flavor.

We did have a bottle of Albariño that was very nice. Very crisp and refreshing. I forgot the name but it's the only one on the list.

We spent a little over a $100, which we felt was mostly a waste. Thsi meal was not remotely as good as those I've had at Limon, Fresca, or La Furia Chalaca. At least the service was authentically Peruvian: slow and inattentive. I don't expect I shall return to Mochica.

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