I was disappointed to see that My Mexicano on Highland in Somerville was shuttered last week (I had always meant to stop there). But I was hopeful when I walked by last weekend and saw some people eating in the newly painted space.
My wife and I went last night to try it out. I'm not exactly sure what the name of the new restaurant is. They don't have a sign up yet. The menu says "Sabor Peruano", but the fliers they handed us said "Delicias Peruanas". Either way we had a great meal.
When we sat down we were served a small bowl of toasted corn kernels. Kind of like crunchier, tastier Corn Nuts. We decided to share three dishes:
The tamale was a large & rectangular and served with the wrapping already removed, but I'm guessing it was wrapped in banana leaves. The chunky filling included a large piece of braised pork meat, a smaller piece of fatty pork skin, a few olives (!) and one surprisingly hot dried pepper. A nice little salad came with this of iceberg lettuce and sliced red onions with a vinegar dressing. This would make a nice light meal. On the menu this was described as a "corn dumpling with Crillo(?) salad"
My wife had Bisteck a lo Pobre and she was asked if she wanted her meat grilled or fried. The waitress recommended grilled and we received a nice piece of sirloin with lots of fat on the edge. Well done but still tender on one end and medium near the other. The meat may have been marinated prior to grilling. This was served with a huge pile of undercooked frozen french fries, some very good white rice, a nicely fried sunny-side up egg and two fried plaintains which were pleasingly sweet. Talk about a carbo dinner. I would recommend skipping the fries, but everything else was very good. Hot sauce might be nice with this.
I got a dish called "Carapulca" which was described as dry potatoes with chicken and hot pepper sauce served with rice. What I got was a huge pile of good (buttered?) white rice and a thick spicy stew with firm potatoes diced small and a peppery curry-like red sauce. If there was any chicken in there I missed it, but there was a small chunk of stewed pork. A good rib-sticking meal for a chilly night. I would definitely order this again.
In addition to normal soft drinks and bottled water they have Inca Cola and maybe Jarritas. Some kind of corn drink was listed on the menu, but I didn't notice it until we were about to leave.
The menu offered several other appetizers I want to try including a potato stuffed with chicken. Several seafood dishes are listed including two types of ceviche. We didn't have room for dessert, but the menu offered purple corn pudding, empanadas, bread pudding and a couple of other things.
Two men at another table split a big plate of ceviche while we were there. I didn't get a close look, but it looked like a ton of seafood served on a bed of salad. Another person got take out while we ate.
The tamale was $5 and our two entrees were $9 and $8.50. Mixed ceviche was the most expensive dish at $12.
Service was friendly, but laid back to the point of being slow and, not speaking Spanish, we had a bit of difficulty getting our order understood. The waitress was happy to bring out a bit of the Carapulca for us to look at before we ordered it which was a big help. The decor is basic but the walls have large pictures of Peruvian dishes (might be good for pointing at) and some big posters of Peruvian landscapes.
Sabor Peruano (or Delicias Peruanas) is located at 215 Highland in Somerville. Not sure what the hours are, but the phone is 617-591-1772.