Before my friend Christy moved to Chicago, she wanted to dine at a Peruvian restaurant since that’s where she and her husband will go in March for their honeymoon. I suggested Mo-Chica since I’ve always wanted to go there. I missed the part that it was located in a building that looked more like a swap meet, the Mercado La Paloma. Ok, it’s better than a swap meet, where they sell a bunch of knick-knack, art and stuff, along with great food.
I think it’s more packed during the day time because there were only other two parties beside us. Our waitress gave us great recommendations. They don’t serve any alcohol, but they do offer three special beverages. I ordered the Chicha Morada, a purple corn tea, and Christy had the Chica Morade, a pineapple drink. I preferred the Chicha Morada since it was less sweet.
They don’t offer a basket of bread but there’s a toast that comes with your entrée and you can taste their three Aji sauces. The yellow was my favorite.
We started off with the Ceviche (sea bass, uni, red onions, Peruvian corn). It was delicious!
For our entrees we had the Lomo Saltada (prime beef filet, French fries, red onions, Roman tomatoes) – tender and juicy.
The green sauce made the Fish of the Day on a bed of Peruvian potatoes complete; otherwise it would’ve been on the bland side.
The entrees were served with a side of fruit, rice and a toast.
After we loosen our belt, we managed to squeeze in the Carob mousse. It was ok, more like crème bulee (which is not my top dessert).
I probably should have skipped the dessert, but everything else was fantastic. The most impressive thing about the meal is the presentation. Here we are, what I consider the ghetto (at least that’s what it looks at night time), having a meal that belonged in a four star hotel.
Addres: 3655 S Grand Ave, LA, CA 90007
Phone#: (213) 747-2141