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Dinner at Mochica (Peruvian)

gordon wing | Aug 7, 2006 05:54 AM

Had a very nice dinner at Mochica tonight. It's very comfortable inside - with the warmth of the red walls and lots of artwork on the walls. Our waitress was very helpful and enthusiastic - giving us a good recommendations and chatting with us about our recent trip to Peru. The free dish of garabanzos was very savory and a great way to get things started. The passionfruit drink (maracuya) was refreshing. Followed with the ceviche sampler: ceviche mochica.... a trio of ceviche with peruvian corn and potato....the halibut had a nice briny sweetness to it....the three varieties were not radically different but that didn't stop us from enjoying this dish. I had the Pescado a lo Macho - halibut with a seafood tomato sauce (mussels, shrimp, squid...) with a side of rice. The seared tuna entree was one of the best versions of this dish ever - a good sear had embued it with a nice smoky flavor. It came with a rice cake, fried plantains, lentils and some aoli. Portions were ample - maybe even large enough to share. All the dishes were very well seasoned. We were seated near a large group that was a bit boisterous but they quieted down once they got their food. Would definitely go back.

Mochica. 937 Harrison St. SF 415. 278-0480

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