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Chicha Peruvian [Alameda]

Ruth Lafler | May 25, 201507:46 AM

Sometimes Groupon serves a purpose, like when it points you to a restaurant you didn't know was there. In this case, it was Chica on Webster Street in Alameda.

I went with my mom, with whom I had shared an unimpressive and ridiculously expensive dinner at Pucquio last month. We both thought this was better, and 2/3 the price.

We had the appetizer sampler: a disk of papas huancaina smothered in aji amarillo that had a bit of a kick; a surprisingly generous dish of ceviche (decent but unexceptional), a small fried empanada (good), a couple of batons of fried yucca and a skewer of anticuchos (properly made with beef heart and also good, as was the cilantro dipping sauce). We rounded out the meal with an entree of pork adobo, which was delicious and came with yummy sweet potato fries.

Full bar and a list of house cocktails made with Pisco. The wine offerings were meager so my Mom had a local beer that she liked a lot. Service was a littl weird, but that just makes it more authentically Peruvian (in my experience<g>). It seemed loud (high ceilings, bare concrete floors) when we walked in, but it wasn't a problem when we were seated. Will be back.

On a related note, I see there is now a Peruvian restaurant in Old Oakland. Anyone tried it?

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