Inti Peruvian restaurant is indeed a fine option for those who love Peruvian food. After eating just about everywhere in Orange County, Loma Linda, Oceanside, I always feel that the Peruvian food is way to iffy. One day you may arrive, and the cook woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or motivation for a good job is gone, and one ends up paying their prices, for a mediocre fare. Places that at one time really impressed, on a second visit is like night and day, to the point that one has no other choice but to stop going.
Enter Inti Peruvian restaurant: on our way back from Chico, CA, and knowing that the majority of Peruvian restaurants are located in Los Angeles County, we decided to Yelp the highest rated close to the 5 Freeway, as we were heading back home to Menifee, CA. The closest to us, and favorable rated was Inti, so we decided to take a brief detour to see if we could hit the jackpot where Peruvian fare is concerned. The place on a Sunday night around 7 PM was busy, two lovely sisters we came to find out, where running the show, and the smell coming from the invisible kitchen from the dining area, told a good story. The following dishes were ordered for a party of 3, two lovely ladies, and moi:
Chupe de Camarones (Peru's own Shrimp Chowder), $14.75. This one was done right, and one of the sweethearts in our group, with a very demanding palate, and with many fails when it came to this dish, was able to testify. She basically loved it from the first bite, with the shrimps being very plump and sizable, and all the correct ingredients present and accounted for. The broth was right on the money, and therefore, they have a winner where Chupe de Camarones is concerned. 4.5 Stars.
Pescado a la Chorrillana, $13.25. Fried Fish, sautéed onions and tomatoes served with rice. This dish also tasted very nicely. By know we were realizing that the decision to stop and check out this place, was paying high dividends. A lovely senior consumed this dish like if it was the only food she had all day, a very happy grin after each bite, with the presentation very enticing, she finished the plate. 4 Stars.
Pescado Apanado, lucky $13. This one was done to perfection. The breaded fish came crispy and chunky, in the menu it said Fire Breaded Fish lettuce and sliced onions, tomatoes served with steamed rice. I was the lucky recipient of this simple dish, but elevated to higher denominations by the fine way it was done. 4.5 Stars.
Ceviche Mixto, $14.25. Had to have it, and I did. This dish consists of mixed seafood, shrimp, squid, and octopus, and also fish, cooked in citrus with onions and spices. I was asked how spicy I desired the plate and I asked for medium. Nice amount, probably one of the best I had in a long time. I always ask for this dish, specially in a place that knows how to prepare it. 4.5 Stars.
Hot bread was forthcoming from the moment we got to the table, very short wait, and at our request was repeated, and the lovely sister in charge of our table gave us half a dozen to take home with us, since she must have seen the savage way we were consuming the bread together with their very tasty, and traditional, green sauce. Butter was also presented, and it became hard to stop eating the bread. 4 Stars.
Alfajores, $12? A dozen alfajores, traditional Peruvian dessert that has a filling of Dulce de Leche, and generally the pastry part of it is not that commendable, but this dozen were very appreciated, regardless of our sugar bouts. 4 Stars.
Service impeccable, at the hands of one of the sisters, blame it on my memory not to remember her lovely name. Finally a Peruvian that delivered from the start to the end. The final bill, if I remember correctly was around $70+, and of course we gave a little higher than 15% gratuity for a job well done.
Yes, we went out of our way, and we loved it. Inti is a winner, and for now, the one to beat, seriously. 4.5 Stars.
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