Last night a friend and I went to Mi Lindo Peru in the outer Mission (3226 Mission at Valencia/30th). We were warned about the huge portions, and there were only two of us, so we ordered cautiously, despite the fact that the entire menu looked fantastic. (e.g., 23 seafood entrees alone!)
The very friendly, soft-spoken server brought us a basket of white bread with butter and a yummy smoky salsa. We started with Tamal de Pollo (steamed corn masa stuffed with chicken, served with pickled onion/tomato slaw-type thing. It was delicious, very light - not as heavy as mexican tamales.
We also ordered the ceviche de pescado. This was a huge pile of very tender white fish marinated with fresh lime juice, and mixed up with shaved onions and fresh cilantro, and served with a chunk of yam and potato on the side. We could not finish it.
For our entree we split the ultimate Peruvian comfort food: Bisteck a la Pobre. This consisted of a juicy pan fried steak topped with sauteed onions and tomatoes, a fried egg and a fried banana! It was served with a HUGe amount of savory rice mixed with corn. It sounds odd but we ended up loving it.
Luckily we split the entree, too, because we were completely stuffed and unable to finish the food as is. We also ordered Palta Rellena De Camarones (avocado topped with shrimp, mayonnaise, onions, celery and cilantro), but its a good thing our server forgot about it - we were relieved not to have more food!
The meal was enhanced by a delicious Peruvian beer which I cant remember the name of, but we ordered the "Malto" - dark. It was not heavy at all, but actually kind of cinnamony, and light.
The entire meal cost under 30 bucks, plus tip. Very friendly, welcoming, and speedy service.
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