Inka Mama's Peruvian Cuisine
26676 Portola Parkway, Ste. B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
It's a rare occasion when I go out to lunch during the week. Time and money are thin when it comes to going out to lunch on a workday and when I do, I want to make sure neither is wasted. I have been hearing friends at work talk about Inka Mama's for months and finally decided it was time to try it for myself. I ordered the lomo saltado and a drink, this meal was about 15 bucks.
When you first sit down the staff at Inka Mama's brings you some cut pieces of sour dough, butter and this green sauce in a plastic squeeze bottle. I am not sure what this green sauce is made of but I taste basil, cilantro, maybe some mint and some kind of green chili pepper. I squeezed a dollop of the sauce on my appetizer plate, covered a piece of bread in butter and went to town, this sauce is crazy addictive. You get this herb flavor that fills your mouth with each bite and the kick of spice hits you in the back of your throat. The spice level is not high at all but enough to let you know it's there. I bet you could put this sauce on an old shoe and it would taste good.
The lomo saltado is thinly sliced beef that is sauteed with onion, tomatoes and french fries. Yes I did say french fries, the menu calls them French cut potatoes but lets be real they are French fries. The lomo saltado has a sauce that I assume is just the cooking liquids and marinade from the beef and this sauce is full of flavor. The dish is served with a side of white rice. When placed in front of me I proceed to cover the rice and lomo saltado in the green sauce which added another level of flavor and a bit of heat. The mix of beef, onions and french fries is great. The onions were still a bit crisp, the beef tender and the tomatoes are warm yet firm. It is a dish I have had in the past but this version is superior to the others.
I heard Inka Mama's can get busy during lunch hours so plan accordingly because this restaurant is worth the wait. I would gladly wait in line to enjoy this plate of food again and would kill for the green sauce, not literary of course but that green stuff is that damn good. If you are near this location then take a lunch break, or go for dinner and you will not be disappointed.