La Mar

This one is long overdue.  A month or so ago, I wrote about taking some time off from my mommy duties to attend a reunion of sorts.  I promised to write about the fantabulous restaurant where we broke bread (or cebiche, if you will), but life got in the way, and I have not been able to post about it.  

So, here we are many moons late, and I finally get the chance to talk about that particular night...

My high school girlfriends get together around Memorial Day weekend for the past 2 years in a row.  Last year, it was Vegas, baby!  I was not able to go because we were in Maui around that time.  This year,  I made sure to clear my schedule.

Trust my dear friend, F, to plan a memorable dinner at a fancy - schmancy restaurant in downtown San Francisco.  It was the kind you dress up for and I loved every minute of it --- from the getting ready to savoring each dish that was brought out to our table.  We had a special section of the restaurant to ourselves, complete with a specially printed menu.

F made sure that we had a tasting menu of the best items on their dinner menu.  For starters, we had the ensalada limena (organic arugula and spinach, cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, choclo, queso fresco and aji amarillo vinaigrette)cebiche clasico (catch of the day in classic leche de tigre with red onion, habanero and Peruvian corn and yam), and empanadas de aji gallina (stuffed with stewed chicken in aji amarillo sauce).   

For our main entrees, we had a selection of pescado nikei (poached catch of the day over crimini mushrooms, ginger, scallions, bean sprouts, cilantro, and hot sesame oil, served with a side of chaufa rice), lomo saltado (traditional Peruvian stir-fry of sauteed beef tenderloin, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, soy sauce, garlic, aji amarillo, and fried potatoes), yucca fries.  

Dessert was also a gastronomical delight - picarones, and chocolate brownie bites with ganache.

Looking forward to next year's reunion in the East Coast!


1 comment:

F said...

so we have it in writing - you're coming to the east coast with us next year!

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