By MARCELLA DECOUD
Inka Grill, located on Bristol Street in Costa Mesa, offers Peruvian food prepared with only the finest and freshest of ingredients. The dishes are appealing and delicious, and the servers are incredibly friendly and interactive. The service is excellent because the waiters always make sure to translate the restaurant’s menu and explain the different options to every new person. Inka Grill is spacious and comfortable, with both outdoor and indoor seats available.
Our waitress recommended some of Inka Grill’s specialties: the “Papa a la Huancaína” as an appetizer and the “Chicha Morada” beverage. “Papa a la Huancaína” is a traditional Peruvian appetizer of boiled yellow potatoes over a bed of lettuce in a spicy, creamy sauce called the Huancaína sauce. The Chicha Morada is a sweet, non-alcoholic Peruvian beverage made from purple corn and is made by boiling the corn with pineapples, cinnamon or sugar. I had never heard of an appetizer or a beverage that sounded so odd, but I ordered the two anyways. Both the appetizer and my drink arrived quickly and they both tasted absolutely amazing. The Huancaína was peculiar, but very flavorful, while the Chicha Morada was sweet and superb. Personally, I am not a huge fan of spicy food but the Huancaína was perfect for me, even if it looked a little different from anything I had seen before. The food was delicious, and the ingredients were fresh and well prepared. For my main course, our server recommended the “Arroz Chaufa,” which is a Peruvian “Chifa” fried rice dish. It is a delectable mix of both Chinese and Peruvian cuisine and it consists of a mix of fried rice with vegetables, usually including Chinese onions, eggs and meat, quickly cooked at a high flame, with soy sauce upon request. When it had arrived, it was in a small tin bowl, which was very unique. Although I had expected it to be simple and boring, the dish surpassed my expectations and was incredibly savory. I will definitely return to try more of Inka Grill’s amazing and traditional dishes.
Inka Grill is a popular location for people who want to try a new type of cuisine and spend time with their family and friends. Unfortunately, prices are a little high, ranging from $12 to $19, but because the food is so unique, the dishes are worth the price. Roy Grayson (Sr.) said, “I came in here not knowing anything about Peruvian food…but ever since I came here I can’t wait to try all the different dishes Peru has to offer!”
I strongly recommend Inka Grill to anyone searching for a cultural blend of food or someone who wants a new, flavorful experience.
Monday-Thursday & Sunday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
260 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626