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Family of 6 report - Limon - Peruvian

Native SF in Midwest | Apr 1, 200601:03 AM

We returned on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 to our favorite new find last year, Limon. It did not disappoint in any way and if we lived here would be a monthly visit for us.

The atmosphere was different than last time as the place was not full as last year when we visited about the same time. The décor remains warm and inviting and very inviting to the family.

We started with their fabulous bread and butter. This was quite unique and I believe different from last year. Light and airy with virtually no crust.

We started with the Empanada Don Walter, a pastry filled with sautéed beef, onion, olives, raisins and eggs served with rocoto cream sauce. Everyone loves this and I regret we did not order two for the table. The pastry itself seemed almost exactly like the wonderful Reghaif we enjoyed at Tajine – Moroccan. The sauce is highly addictive and was the primary item I was looking forward to on our return visit. Highly recommended.

We also had Ensalada Mixta, mixed greens tossed with balsamic dressing, asian pears, candied pecans and aji amarillo quezo fresco. This was a little bolder than most salads I like, but everyone, including me really liked this. Rather salty though for the salt watchers. I recommend this for any balsamic fan.

I did not particularly care for the Papa a la Huancaina, cold potatoes served on a bed of lettuce with an aji amarillo cheese sauce and olives, but everyone else liked them. The sauce was good, but cold potato items, right down to potato salad, has never been a favorite of mine. My 8 year old son, Atticus, loved it! Although he said most 8 year olds would not like it.

Missing from the menu was my favorite from last year, Anticucho de Pollo, skewers of marinated chicken breasts with roasted potatoes and topped with Peruvian adresso sauce. I had forgotten its name and neglected to see if I could order it off of the menu. If you go and see it, get it.

We also shared two large bowls of the Chupe de Camarones, a seafood chowder, with generous amounts of crab formed into a island in the middle of the bowl with a light cream, almost bisque base. A somewhat poached or boiled egg was in there too and was a nice addition. This would not be for the egg adverse. It was a little messy to share, but everyone, baby Autumn included, loved it. Nothing overbearing here, and a safe order for bisque lovers.

Chicharron de Pollo, fried marinated chicken pieces fried and served with salsa and lemon vinaigrette. This was very good, albeit a little dry. I am sure that this varies based on the attention to the cooking time in the kitchen. It was so flavorful as it was, I saw no need to send it back. I rarely send anything back though, maybe once in 2 years. If you order it, which I do recommend, express concern about not over cooking it just to be safe.

For the main dishes we started with the risotto with large grilled pieces of steak and a mushroom based sauce along with little cooked mushrooms. Two of us do not like mushrooms at all, but the dish was so good, we picked them out and went back for more. Everyone liked this as a side starch to any of the dishes. Highly recommended.

We had the Loma Saltaldo and Saltaldo de Pollo next. These are basically the same items, one beef and one chicken. Both were very good. Not too much depth here as far as number of seasonings, but that is not the intended affect. This would be comparable to a stir fry with sweet red onions and tomatoes. The tomatoes must have been added at the end as they were easily removed by myself as I am allergic to them. This is served over some floppy french fries which we love by the baby since they also had captured some of the gravy drippings. There was nothing left over. I think everyone slightly preferred the beef over the chicken.

The desserts were all fantastic and memorable. I doubt there is a bad choice on the list. We opted for the following; Boca Negra – a chocolate cake, tartes de pears, and trio combos of ice cream and sorbets. The lime sorbet was unlike any other I have ever had with lime pulp and occasional slivers of lime zest. Make sure to leave room for desserts here. We loved every bite, really.

We avoided the chevices due to our dislike of them at Fresca. We may try it again next year, but just couldn’t bring ourselves to try again.

We love Limon, love it, and will return year after year. There are items on here that the timid will like and some unique tastes only found in this cuisine for the adventuresome. Head to head against Fresca, Limon wins for our family, but can see why many prefer Fresca. I suggest trying both and judging for yourself. Both the Mission area where Limon is and the Fillmore area with Fresca have neat curiosity stores. A family who is visiting a large city for the first time, will likely prefer the surroundings near Fresca and can plan for an hour or two of shopping before or after. They may be a little less comfortable in the Mission area, but we love the area and look forward to finding the best taquerias in the area next year. Limon has a couple of small bookstores on the same block and there is a wonderful store called Dandelion a few blocks up 16th at Protero.

Total for 9 hungry tummies that left satisfied with no leftovers, $230.

Final Chowhound recommended stop is next at Piperade – Basque cuisine near the Embarcadero. We have secured the “family table” and are looking forward to the visit.

The baby and I will leave the following morning while the remaining 4 will be eating with my parents near the SFO airport at a place they found called Kincaid’s. We had planned for Thai House Express, but logistical issues with getting to the airport force us to plan our visit to THExpress next spring.

Previous posts:

- Zuni Café – California Mediterranean

- The Slanted Door

- R & G Lounge – Chinese

- Matterhorn – Swiss Fondue

- Fresca on Fillmore - Peruvian:

- Burma Super Star - Burmese:

- Sultan (cancelled) actually Nick's Seafood stand in wharf area

- Tajine - Moroccan

- Bodega Bistro - Vietnamese

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