This restaurant was formerly La Cofradia, and now is called Mixtura. The signs outside said Mixtura, but the menus still said Cofradia.
This restaurant was recommended by a co-worker. So I took my Peruvian friends for their anniversary to this place. When we walked in, it had a damp humid smell, looked clean but smelly. There were only 4 tables, however, it took 5 mins for the hostess to show. The restaurant has a weird layout. The bar was empty on the other end for a Sat night. A singer was playing ‘old 60’s/70’s music that we could hardly hear. While the hostess took us to our table, we asked for Pisco Sours. She had no idea what we were talking about. Granted, this was a peruvian restaurant and they are famous for their traditional alcoholic drinks. She said: "I'm sorry, today is my first day". Soon, arrived our waitress and we requested 4 pisco sours. We were surprised that when she came back with the drinks, she did not offer any chef specials or recommendations, so we went ahead and placed our order. By the way, the pisco sours were delicious.
We ordered 2 ceviche fusions called Ceviche Botijano (ceviche mixed with black olives, weird, but super good), we also had a grilled lobster ceviche (amazing), causa with shrimp (yellow potatoes) and choros a la chalaca. We were expecting bigger portions, and what we got were tiny little appetizers. We could only split the ceviche in 1 tablespoon for each of us. The causa was very good, but it was more into the presentation side than flavor. Choros a la chalaca was very good. For entrees, we had tacu chaufa – a mixed of the fried rice and beans with veggie in teriyaki sauce and bbq ribs. The rice was good but the ribs were over cooked. For dessert, we had the lucuma tiramisu.
Overall, our dinner was good. The flavors were new and exquisite, as always, you can’t go wrong with Peruvian food. So I’m giving 4 stars for flavor (could've been 5 but portions were too small). On the other hand, the service was poor, especially because the lack of recommendations, and no knowledge of the Peruvian Gastronomy. Seems that the place was trying to be a 5-star restaurant with a 2-star service.
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