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“Worst Peruvian Restaurant experience EVER!”
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El Misti
Cuisines: Peruvian
Restaurant details
La Mirada, California, United States
1 review
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“Worst Peruvian Restaurant experience EVER!”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

My husband is Peruvian and so we love to try Peruvian restaurants whenever we can! We went to this place on a Friday evening. The first thing we noticed was that the music was too loud! The next thing was that it took the hostess way too long to acknowledge us and seat us! (it wasn't that busy). We were seated and it took about 15 minutes before anyone came to ask us what we wanted to drink. 10 minutes later we had to remind the waitress that we wanted our drinks which then came without ice as they did not have anymore ice! The food took way to long to come to the table, and then part of our order was missing...when it did not come another 10 minutes later, we told the waitress to "forget" it, that we wanted a to go box and our bill and that we were done! If the food was exceptional, it might compensate for the poor service, but we have had better Peruvian food with great service in other restaurants in the area. I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone as a standard by which to judge Peruvian restaurants. There are WAY BETTER choices out there than this place. I would say don't waste your time going to this restaurant, it was a all around terrible experience!

  • Visited June 2012
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“Deserves 4!”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

Finally went there. Drove 40 miles each way to try this place. We arrived around 7PM and the place was somewhat deserted. Almost left thinking it was going to be a mistake, but something about it made us go in to dine (something other than driving that distance). Immediately we where greeted by the owner operator named Juan. This guy made us feel rather welcome in no time, and while he talked to us throughout our meal, the plates started arriving. We chose to share everything and they gave us the means to do it well. Here goes:
Green Salsa: a little on the mild side for my taste, had them better, but healthy and edible. 3.5 Stars.
Bread: typical bread in this type of restaurant. Came nice and warm to the table and hunger made me eat more than I should have. 3.5 Stars.
Choros a la Criolla: mussels in half shell with a very appetizing salsa as topping. Add a couple of drops of lime or lemon and you are really eating good. 4 Stars.
Ceviche Mixto: done just right, not as much quantity as I would have preferred, but the seafood was indeed tasty and very edible. Served with authentic corn from Peru, sweet potatoes, etc. 4 Stars with no problems.
Anticuchos: beef heart marinated overnight, cooked on fire and served with authentic potatoes, some corn. These anticuchos, as opposed to many other peruvians that serve them, were thin but large pieces and very soft to eat. Most other places do not seem to know the meaning of how to make them soft and instead are tough. The marinade was right on the money and we thought these were well above average. 4.5 Stars.
Tamal: peruvian style starting with the cover which is banana leaves, for some reason I find the green leaves to add a twist to the product. These were very tasty to me but one of the two ladies with me did not think so, while the other beautiful lady thought they were very good. Comes with an onion salsa, disappeared in a flash. 4 Stars for sure.
Chupe de Camarones: this is a traditional dish that derives from Arequipa, and since this place boasts roots to that lovely area where the Chupes are a work of art (and also nice to note: Arequipa is known for their very large shrimp that comes from the almost frigid waters of their river, almost the size of lobsters use to be) we just had to share one. The shrimp are not the ones from Arequipa for I am willing to bet they would cost a small fortune to import and like most things these days is hard to find even in Peru. When the plate arrived and we tried the broth we knew this great cook from Arequipa had served us the best tasting Chupe we have had in a very long time. This one was eaten fast while hot and we all agreed that considering everything it was delicious. 4.5 - 5 Stars for originality and taste.
Pescado a lo Macho: this is a fish topped with all manners of seafood, kind of like a stew more than a frying selection. With its own kind of sauce served with white rice (which by the way was specially tasty, who would have though white rice could taste so alive). At this point we were beginning to feel the weight of the many dishes but we all liked this one enough to easily give it 3.5 Stars.
Chicha Morada: made from a purple corn indigenous to the high elevations in Peru and that yields a rather refreshing drink after boiling, smashing and squeezing. A little on the sweet side but we did finish a whole jar among the 3 of us. 4 Stars.
Picarones: made with sweet potatoes these must be tried at least once while living in this world. When done correctly they melt in your mouth and before you can say, what happened?, are gone. 4.5 Stars.
Service: in this case we did monopolized the place due to being the only ones, but they went out of their way to make us feel very special. Nice, considerate people, with Juan being a true example of a fine host with personality galore and good humor. 5 Stars!
This place deserves a serious chance and anyone that takes the time to eat here will leave very satisfied with the results. Prices are comparable to peruvian restaurants, a little bit on the expensive side, but then again the ingredients, preparation and final results separates this kind of food from what most people has in California, or for that matter, the USA. Truly authentic, very tasty. Our bill: $90 for 3 not including gratuity, but we did indulge in a lot of plates.

  • Visited January 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Great for Vegetarians & Meat Eaters Alike”
Reviewed December 29, 2009

I am a vegetarian who visited Anaheim, and was looking for a special place to take my partner (also veg) for his birthday. An internet search revealed El Misti. It offers all the usual Peruvian specialties, but also has a vegetarian and faux meat menu which is excellent. We had cruzqueno (giant kernel corn on the cob), vegetarian lamb stew and vegetarian arroz con pollo. It was all cooked carefully and a lot of love. Spices were just right and sides including rice, beans and potatoes were large. The menu notes vegetarian selections, vegan selections and vegetarian preparation available. There is also plenty for the meat-eaters. The restaurant is in a strip mall, but the walls are painted giving it a homey atmosphere which takes you to Peru. Peruvian music videos on two monitors also give you the feel. It is a great find!

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