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Posted by A. B. M. on 08/24/2009
I had high expectations and unfortunately they were not met. The Pisco Sour was really good though. The waiter was very nice and helpful, he even gave us free shot of PISCO, and 20% coupon for our next visit. My bf ordered 1/2 chicken and fries, and he said it was "ehhhh, okay", tasted like a normal rostiserrie chicken. The fries were steak fries and soggy. No other sides. I ordered "Pescado a la Chorilla". Now this was my first time trying this dish out, and based on the description, it said it was fried fish suateed in onions, to my surprise it was fried fish in a tomato sauce. Very wet and soggy, not crispy as I imagined. But it was okay. And I guess it was my fault for not asking the waiter to explain further, but maybe they should better describe their menu like other peruvian restaurants do. The fish came with a very bland side of white rice. No beans, nothing. They do no have a big tasty variety of desserts. But the ice cream of Chirimoya is always a good choice. In the end, I would want to give it a try once more, because they gave us the 20% discount and try a different dish, other than that, I would not plan on returning again. Ther service was great. location is convenient, atmosphere is nice, but flavor of food is bland.
Posted by Frank on 05/29/2009
I have been araound looking for a great peruvian restaurant and finally I got it.Try the ceviche is so fresh and simply delicious...I highly recommend.
Posted by Disappointed on 04/18/2009
I tried Chimu a few times and as a Peruvian I can only recommend the Lomo saltado there. Don't order the "pollo a la brasa" at opening time because they will give a leftover piece from the day before. The cooks, servers and waiters are not Peruvian and not knowledgeable at all about Peruvian cuisine. I was there last Thursday and I ordered pollo a la brasa con papas fritas, tamal, papa rellena y chupe de camarones. The chicken was obviously a leftover piece from the day before, it didn't have any flavor, I couldn't eat the fries, they serve the chicken and fries in different plates (with the only purpose to charge you separately for it) This was the worst "pollo a la brasa" I have ever tried I could only take a bite. The tamal was a quarter of a regular size tamal and it had a very small piece of chicken instead of a decent piece of pork as it should be. The "chupe de camarones" had tasteless shrimp and the papa rellena was too oily. I mention to the waiter they shouldn't serve chicken that was not roasted the same day and he didn't say anything, didn't apologize or offer any explanation and charge me for it anyway even after the plate was sent back after only tasting it. I left this restaurant feeling disappointed and upset. I'm not spending my money there again.
Posted by Doris Armijo Ore on 04/16/2009
I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. The food at this restaurant is somewhat like Peruvian food but not good enough to be called Peruvian. This restaurant survives because its clientele don't really know too much about real Peruvian food. The atmosphere is gloomy, dark and unwelcoming, the waiters have a lot to learn about providing a good service, being helpful and knowledgeable about the food they serve. Today I asked for "pollo a la brasa con papas fritas" and I was served a microwaved rotisserie piece of chicken (most likely a leftover) I mentioned this to the waiter and he didn't even apologize and had the nerve to charge me for it when they could clearly see that I just taken a bite. The tamal was a quarter of a average size tamal and it had a very small piece of chicken instead of pork. I was very disappointed with their food and service today.
Posted by anonymous on 04/08/2009
I lived in Peru / Bolivia for two years, and these guys have nailed Peruvian cuisine, bar none. The lomo saltado is perfection - just like a corner restauran in Lima. I'm salivating just thinking about it. As a matter of fact, it's settled - I'm going back tonight.
Posted by Lawdy Lawdy Ms. Claudy on 03/08/2009
Fabulous with a capital "F". Spicy ceviche mixto that slapped me and said "pay attention, you're in for a treat". Shell Steak (look out Argentina) that was to die for. Everything is fresh here so get your beef as bloody as possible (it's better that way). A very subtle rice&beans rissoto (never heard of this) that was well paired with a strip of beef with tangy carmelized onions. Sangria is just right and made me think that a liquor license would ruin the charm of this place. Go and get your grub on!
Posted by Lisa on 09/18/2008
I have lived in this area my whole life and never payed notice to this small restaurant. My co worker was interested in going though, so we went. To my surprise I loved it! We sat in the back garden like area. It was so nice, a fountain and some lights really set for a relaxing, enjoyable dinner. We spent about $20 each and got a full meal and a glass of wine. This was a great spot! I enjoyed it! I recommended it to many people who agree :)