+
Restaurants & Bars

Estampas Peruanas in Redwood City – So-So Food But Woolly Mammals Galore

katya | Jun 3, 200502:22 PM    

We finally visited Estampas Peruanas in Redwood City the other night. The highlight was the stuffed… llama? alpaca? guanaco? on the stage. The food was good but not all that impressive.

Bisteck a lo Pobre (broiled steak with sauteed onions, tomatoes, banana and fried eggs, served with rice) ($11.50?) was just OK, with the tough meat cooked past the requested medium. It reminded me of a dish my mom made growing up where she’d dump a can of tomatoes over beef, onions, and rice. (Incidentally, my mom was astounded when I’d heard of two exotic dishes she tried at an Italian restaurant the other night. Pesto and tiramisu.) The bright spot in the bisteck was the fried plantains.

I thought Saltado de Pollo (chicken strips sautéed with onions, tomatoes and special herbs, served with rice and French fries) ($11.50?) was the better dish. The chicken had a soft breading on it. The French fries were actually mixed in with the dish. You’d think French fries couldn’t get much better, but mixed in with some chicken and tomatoes they are pretty tasty. Nothing spectacular though.

Friends ordered an appetizer of Papa a la Huancaina (halved boiled potatoes topped with sauce made of fresh cheese and milk) ($5.50?) which came to the table with a cold nacho cheese like sauce, and tasted better than one might think. The menu also has a lot of seafood dishes we missed out on, such as the shellfish stew which is supposed to be a specialty.

I finished with an Alfajore ($1.25), which was nice and flaky, with a thin layer of dulce de leche. In fact this was the best part of my meal.

Our server was very friendly and made lots of menu recommendations. The room is nicely decorated with all manner of Peruvian artifacts (including that kick-ass llama/alpaca/guanaco).

Estampas Peruanas
715 El Camino Real (at Brewster)
Redwood City, CA 94063
650.368.9340
Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

There is also a location in San Mateo.

Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

The 7 Best Baking Ingredients to Buy from the Grocery Store, According to Pastry Chefs
Food News

The 7 Best Baking Ingredients to Buy from the Grocery Store, According to Pastry Chefs

by Alli Hoff Kosik | When it comes to the best baking ingredients, they're not necessarily expensive or hard to find—or...

13 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall
Recipe Round-Ups

13 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

by Chowhound Editors | There are so many things to love about autumn rolling around again, especially apple season. Make...

The Ultimate 'Farewell Summer, Hello Fall' Food Guide
Recipe Round-Ups

The Ultimate 'Farewell Summer, Hello Fall' Food Guide

by Chowhound Editors | Early fall recipes can overlap a lot with late summer dishes; it's a transitional time period, and...

Ring in Fall with a Bowl of Creamy, Bacon-Studded Butter Beans
Food News

Ring in Fall with a Bowl of Creamy, Bacon-Studded Butter Beans

by Amy Schulman | Plucking a cookbook off the shelf is easy. But pulling one that’s guaranteed to bear a recipe that...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.