Posted on | August 28, 2012 | No Comments
A while back, The Hubs, Chato and I went to a new restaurant. Well, the restaurant wasn’t new, but it was our first time going. I planned on doing a review, and then never got around to it because my camera was damaged the next day – holding all my pics hostage! I finally paid the ransom… er, repair bill… and got the camera fixed, so I’m finally able to do my review!
Over in San Borja, there is a street called Av. Agustin de la Rosa Toro. Around block 10 and 11 of this avenue, you’ll find ceviche restaurants packed together like sardines in a can. I’m pretty sure that they’re all good, but we generally like to find a place we enjoy then stick to it. Over the last 8 years, we’ve eaten at two different restaurants on the strip, and been pretty happy with both of them.
But this particular day, we couldn’t get into our usual restaurant; their parking was blocked. So we went around the block and decided to give another restaurant a try.
We chose El Lobo del Mar cevicheria. Lobo del Mar literally translates to Wolf of the Sea – the Spanish name for the sea lion. The decor inside was pretty standard cevicheria, with paintings of seascapes, fish and what have you, as well as fishing nets hanging about.
We started off with our standard appetizer – leche de tigre and choros a la chalaca. Leche de tigre – or tiger’s milk – is a sort of seafood cocktail made from ceviche juice. Choros a la chalaca are mussels topped with an onion/tomato salsa. Both are delicious, and the ones served here at El Lobo del Mar were quite good. The leche de tigre was a bit spicy for my taste, but the Hubs and Chato loved it.
Now, we tend to get the same things every time we go out for ceviche – we get a plate of ceviche mixto and a plate of jalea mixto. ‘Mixto’ means that it is a mixture of different seafoods – fish, shrimp, mussels, calamari, octopus. Ceviche is marinated in lime juice and spices; jalea is battered and fried.
The ceviche was very good – nothing about it that particularly made it stand out, though. It had an excellent lime/aji balance, not too acidic, not to spicy.
But the jalea – oh my goodness! I believe it was the best I’ve ever had. It was very well seasoned and fried to perfection. But what really made it a stand out was how tender the calamari and pulpo (octopus) were! Often, when they’re deep-fried, calamari and octopus get tough. Sometimes, they’re like chewing a piece of tire! But in this case, there were delicious and tender.
In fact, they were so good we ate them all up before I remembered to take a picture. Sorry!
So if you love fried seafood, I definitely recommend El Lobo del Mar, on Av. Agustin de la Rosa Toro 1094.
- Hours: Daily from 11am-6pm
- Serving Ceviche and Seafoods, plus Criollo and Norteño dishes
- Specialties: Ceviche, tiradito and sashimi de cojinova
- Prices: about 20-40 soles per person, not including drinks.
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