>> Friday, March 4, 2011
Several months ago, we wrote about the limited Caribbean repertoire of Vancouver's culinary scene. Another region of the world that is greatly under-represented is Central and South America, although you can find Latin American restaurants if you try hard enough, and there are standouts like the nuevo-latino Cobre. Fortunately, more and more places have popped up like Mochikas Peruvian Cafe, located in the Burrard Slopes area, which is home to various automobile-related businesses, including Platinum Touch Auto Spa, within which Mochikas is found.
Prolific blogger extraordinaire Sherman wrote about Mochikas several months ago, and despite reports of a limited lunch menu, we were determined to go. We finally braved the frigid, at least for Vancouver, temperatures last week and arrived chilled and, dare we say, famished. To our delight, we saw that the lunch menu was now quite extensive.
We were tempted by the ceviche de pescado o mixto for a starter, but as ceviche is pretty common nowadays, we tackled the tamal criollo instead. The subtle spiciness of the steamed masa succeeded in whetting our appetite for more.