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“Sad show”

Sol Inka Peruvian Restaurant
Ranked #25 of 97 Restaurants in La Mirada
Cuisines: Peruvian
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

Let's start by calling Mario's Peruvian restaurant what it is: a sad disappointment in that they call themselves Peruvian, but they do not deliver the quality of food Peru is well known for around the world. Case in point: Choros a la Criolla, $10+ for 6 medium size mussels. The size of these tasty mollusks was certainly not the issue, it was the blunder that arrived to my table. Please allow me to explain: Choros (mussels) are served with a very fresh combination of very fine diced tomatoes, onions (preferably red onions, but not limited), chillies, sparse amount of delicious cilantro, salt, pepper, plus In some parts they add freshly boiled al dente kernels of corn, mixed altogether in a similar, but not quite, as a Pico de Gallo (The delicious Mexican version of fresh salsa), and generally the delicious Peruvian chilies that are unique to Peru (ROCOTO) add a dimension of heat to the mix well worth applauding, but of course milder options are equally tasty. The Mussels are served in the half shell, the salsa described topping each one, and on the side pieces of lemon (limes in the US, as they are comparable in acidity), and people squeezes a few drops of lemon juice to their preference.
What arrived in front of me was a semi frozen mediocre Salsa, smeared to the point of no return with lime juice or something very similar (a cardinal culinary sin, which any Peruvian cook worth their mettle would never commit), for this much lime in an old semi frozen salsa indicated it is not made daily, and for the first time in a long time I sent this overpriced dish back. 1 Star.
Ceviche Mixto, $14, with pieces of mushy fish and other seafood cooked in a citrus based sauce that did not did it any favors, slightly better than the rejected mussel dish. 3 Stars.
Bread, a little passed its prime. Green Peruvian sauce at the table, hot and tasty, made it easy to overcome the warm stale bread. Service no complaints and waiter was properly rewarded for his efforts. Water, acceptable. Lady at the front a revelation of good manners and fine figure. Time was around 12PM on a Friday.
For a place heavily endorsed by many, it did not, by any stretch of the imagination, deserve such glowing accolades, regardless if every other dish in the menu was better, which stands to doubt. 2 Stars.

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Thank Luke17
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Authentic Peruvian food and if you are patient with the long wait times from there wait staff you will have a wonderful meal. Appears to be family owned and operated with the manger not concentrating on service. Unfortunate because the food is really good.

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1  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 24 February 2015

Stopped by at this restaurant on the way from LAX to Brea. Busy on a Saturday night, but I was quickly seated and service was helpful, friendly and speedy. I had the ceviche and the Lomo Salteado, with a couple of bottles of Cristal. Quality was reasonable, quantity on the large side (most folk probably wanted a doggie bag, though). Menu was seafood focused (reasonably, given the name), but lacked many of the classics (eg, tiradito, causa, aji de gallina), which was rather disappointing. Decor: looked like a converted Dennys. Price as would be expected.

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1  Thank prm78
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I've been passing this restaurant for the last 5 years and finally stopped this week to try it. The complimentary bread was cold, i wish it was atleast warmed but you can't expect much. I ordered the fried calamari and lomo saltado. The serving was plenty for the calamari, good for 4 of us, the "salsa" sauce that came with it was a good compliment to the squid. The lomo saltado was the clear winner here, good flavor and i was surprised how good the fries was when sauteed with the beef and onions. The "seasoned" rice was good too. My in law ordered her with sunny side up egg, I suggest you do this as well. The runny yolk kicks up the flavor profile, alot creamier. The restaurant itself looks like it should be visited by Diners, Drive-in, and Dives. The food is a little on the expensive side compared to diner-style restaurants. Calamari was $10+ and lomo saltado is $12+.

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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Our family gets food to go from this place - we like the beef, potato, onion with white rice. I dont know what it is called, but it is the best.

It is worth a try. I was introduced to this place by a Peruvian, and they said it is good & authentic. So worth a try if you want authentic.

The inside is a worse version of a Dennys or old Norms.

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Thank ALinCA5512
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