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Last month I took a break from traffic on Hwy 1 at El Toro Loco in Pacifica. It promotes itself as a Latin American restaurant serving up Mexican and Peruvian cuisine.
The Peruvian menu of the usual suspects is supplemented by an extensive list of specials on the white board. Pescado a la Huancaina sounded like an interesting take on the popular potato-based appetizer. Since I love that creamy cheese sauce, I went with that. The fillet of white fish was breaded and fried. The flesh was barely at the flake stage and stayed juicy. The huancaina sauce was quite mild with a scant amount of aji amarillo, and oddly, a lot of chopped white onion. Accompaniments were white rice and a perfunctory mixed green salad with hard tomatoes. I had not asked the price of this dish ahead of time, a mistake on my part, when it turned out to be $18. Seemed high to me for the quality and quantity of what I was served.
Complimentary chips and salsa were not very good, as the chips were stale and the salsa had little personality. I also had a passionfruit drink.
So El Toro Loco was a mixed bag for me. The fish was cooked expertly, but the rest of the plate was ho-hum. I liked seeing other dishes on the menu that are less common around here. I'd love to hear if other dishes deliver more bang for the buck.
El Toro Loco
1624 Francisco Blvd
Pacifica, CA 94044
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