Peruvian food in San Diego is hard to find so my husband and I were tempted by the good reviews of LATIN CHEF in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. The restaurant was empty save for one couple that was waiting for their meal. A friendly food server asked if we had reservations? Mind you the restaurant was empty. She told us to take a seat anywhere. We ordered Chicha and a Coke, which both arrived cool however no ice in the glass. My husband requested ice and she said "oh?" Then she sent someone from the kitchen to go buy a bag of ice, when he returned the ice was given somewhat reluctantly. Fine so far, we ordered antichucos, pollo saltado, and tallirin verde con bistecka. The antichucos were tasty but the had been reheated in the microwave and were not very warm. A table of six arrived and the server took their order. They had to request ice after their drinks arrived. I have been to Peru many time and ice is not commonly found in drinks however in the states all Peruvian restaurants serve ice with their drinks.
My food arrived and was O.K. the server said my husband's pollo dish would be coming. I waited a couple of minutes and then I started eating slowly while my husband watched. Five minutes passed and the server brought one plate out to place in front of one of the six diners at the other table. My husband wanted to leave but I had aready eaten 1/2 my food and did not want to waste the other half. He told the server to please get his meal. She said, "it's coming." Every five minutes for the next 15 minutes a new plate arrived in front of a person on the table of six. They were as frustrated as us however they did not complain to the server only amongst themselves.
After thirty minutes my husband went to the kitchen/front counter and requested his bill, he noticed a man in the kitchen eating a freshly prepared dinner and talking to the chef. The server asked if my husband would like his meal to go. Mind you the only meal in the back was the chef's friend's meal. My husband said he had waited thirty minutes from the time I received my meal to the time he requested his bill. He paid for what we ate and he grab dessert in Old Town San Diego at the FireHouse Cafe, YUMMY and we listen to live Bossa Nova out on the twinkle lighted patio.
Latin Chef has a talent for food preporation however he lacks the ability to serve more than one person at a time. Also first come is not always first served in his restaurant. I don't understand why he would start on a table of six before he served the other half of a table for two that had sent two requests to the kitchen in regards to when the second meal would arrive. SADLY, LATIN CHEF is a disappointment in the Peruvian Restarant Catagory.
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