Just ate at La Furia Chalaca for the first time - a Peruvian restaurant near Jack London Square that mostly specializes in seafood. Unfortunately, my friends and I had to dine in a bit of a hurry, which is always a drag, but we were there long enough to know that we'll be back. We didn't have time for appetizers or dessert. (Sad, because they had alfajores, possibly my favorite kind of cookie - the word "cookie" doesn't even do it justice - this is one reason I'll have to go back).
Anyhow, the entrees were good, although mine was not as interesting as those my dining companions ordered. I got the Arroz con Mariscos, which was described on the menu as a "Peruvian paella", but was more like a Peruvian seafood fried rice. There was lots of flavorful slightly smoky shrimp and squid, but overall the dish was a little bland. My husband got the Jalea Especiale which was really tasty and I stole as many bites as I could. Lightly battered and fried fish and seafood with yucca and plantain in a lime dressing that tasted faintly of cumin. It was almost like a salad of fried seafood, as strange as that sounds, yet it was very tasty. Our friend got a pork dish called Calapulcra a la Limena. The menu said that the sauce was thickened with "andean dried potato", which seemed to have the texture of beans. This dish was delicious and reminded me of a slightly spicy cassoulet - a similar texture and depth of flavor.
Overall, a really nice place. They also had a 3-piece band that played in a groovy Afro-Peruvian style and sounded great (the last song we heard was a Spanish version of "If I Were a Rich Man"!)
La Furia Chalaca
310 Broadway, Oakland