I have always suspected that ceviche would taste wonderful. Fresh seafood cooked in a combination of herbs and lime or lemon juices. I admit I've only had ceviche twice in my life; once in Cancun and once in a Peruvian restaurant in the East Vilage, both times were disappointments. Last night I finally had ceviche that lived up to my expectations. I went to this little Peruvian in Corona, Queens which was recommended by the Village Voice, Le Pollada de Laura (102-03 Northern Blvd.) We order the Ceviche Combinado ($11), whole rotisserie chicken ($7), tostones ($3), fried yucca ($2), and a pitcher of a drink very similar to carribean sorrel drink ($4).
The ceviche blew me away. It was deliciously sour and flavorful. The calamari was excellent as well, piping hot and incredibly crisp. Dipped in the juices from the ceviche is was heavenly. I highly recommend this combination dish.
The tostones were also fried to perfection. Very crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
I can't remember the name of the purple drink, however it was very close to sorrel, just less sweet and less intense. The flavor was more subtle and to me more refreshing.
The chicken was a bit dry and I've had better. I think Pio Pio and this Chinese-Peruvian place on 37th Ave and around 84 Street is much better.
Overall, I look forward to going back and sampling more of their ceviche offerings.