Saturday, November 9, 2013

Get the Tacu Tacu at Chicha

Chicha on Urbanspoon Just back from Chicha. Our dining group was on the early seating (5pm) and with good reason the restaurant asked us to be done by 7pm as they were just about line-up-at-the-door busy.

Tables tend to be for groups and the bar is for couples, or so the seating seemed to be assigned. It's a small, tight place. The main lane between the tables and the bar can get traffic jammed, and your waitress won't be able to get past the people loitering there.

Happily they are no longer cash-only (but no AMEX, which is understandable as of the credit cards, that is the priciest option for businesses).

Going undercover as a food blogger has drawbacks, including not trying to steal the menu or take notes when I'm there. So I'm gonna have to go from memory here...

Chicha Morada ($3.50)
  • The spice mix makes this taste like Christmas!
  • The spices also settle to the bottom, so stir it between sips from the straw. Slightly on the too-sweet side, but you can wait for the ice to melt more or water it down a bit.
ChicharrĂ³n Sliders ($13)
  • Only two per order.
  • Tasty and tender pork belly inside. This would have been a winner had it not been a disaster to eat. The thick lump of sweet potato had a tendency to get squeezed out with your first bite, and the burger then falls apart. Also, the bottom of the burger sat in some kind of sauce on the plate, making it unavoidably messy when you picked it up.
  • Maybe a bit too much sweet potato as it competed too strongly with the meat for flavour -- assuming it didn't outright fall out of your burger.
Tacu Tacu ($12)
  • Winner. And the veggie option, too (excluding the token quail egg, anyway). Delicious yellow sauce covering extremely flavourful lima bean patties.
  • I think there were only two large patties. Not sure because the yellow sauce covered just about everything, and the plate got passed around so I think I ended up with just a third or a half of a patty... <.<
Picarones ($7.25) peruvian pumpkin and sweet potato donuts with pisco raspberry sauce
  • Lacklustre. Whatever pumpkin or sweet potato was used in the donut seemed too weak. This tasted like donuts in raspberry sauce, with whipped cream on the side.
  • No hint that anything alcoholic went into the sauce.
Lucuma Cheesecake ($7.25)
  • Tasted like just cheesecake. Maybe I didn't clean my palate enough before trying it, but I didn't get any special Peruvian fruit flavour.
  • Strangely, the cheesecake layers (cream cheese (?) on top, cheesecake stuff in the middle, thick crust on the bottom) all wanted to separate. Not sure what this was indicative of, if anything.

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