The Andes Mountains are famous for two things—being the cradle of South American civilization and being the home of the Unpronounceable Quinoaman. Sample southernly hemispherical flavors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Peruvian cuisine and drinks at Inka Mama's. Choose between the Aliso Viejo or Foothill Ranch locations.
With recipes handed down from their Peruvian mother, Inka Mama's sister squad serves up a vast array of authentic fare and specialties from Peru's northern coast. Unfold a menu to discover a variegated variety of low-carb and high-veggie dishes. Start with a ceviche ($11.95), served with a potato medley, or Inka Mama's seasoned, breaded, and baked beef empanadas ($6.95). Peruvian paella, seasoned with garlic and sautéed with cilantro rice ($14.45), makes an artful plate arrangement as well as an appealing entree, and lomo saltado ($13.95) makes a delectably unforgiving foe in a game of winner-eat-all canasta. Patrons may dine-in or take out; however, this Groupon is not valid for weekday lunchtime hours.
OC Metro reviewed Inka Mama's dinner menu. TripAdvisors give both the Aliso Viejo and Foothill Ranch locations four owl eyes. Yelpers give the Foothill Ranch location four stars and the Aliso Viejo location 3.5 stars. Eighty-two percent of Urbanspooners recommend Inka Mama's in Aliso Viejo.
- The cabrito norteno […] is stewed lean and can be eaten with a fork – the meat almost falls off the bone. And the richness of the wine and other ingredients thoroughly infuse the meat. This is lamb with a touch of lion. – Patrick Mott, OC Metro
- Take your taste buds on a journey and experience another culture's food. I can't wait until I am in the area again so I can try something else. – Nathan R., Yelp
Angela Kishijara and Martha White learned to cook in their hometown of Chimbota, Peru, picking up culinary techniques and absorbing recipes as they scampered around their mother's kitchen. "Our mother was always in the kitchen cooking for us," Angela explained to reporters from OC Metro, "and she was an inspiration to all of us kids to learn how to cook."
Today, Angela and Martha bring their mother's traditional Peruvian recipes and lifetime of cooking experience to their own restaurant—Inka Mama's. Deep in the kitchen, the sisters and their chefs fold fresh chile peppers, garlic, and cilantro into a variety of Peruvian dishes, from citrusy fresh seafood ceviche to juicy beef lomo saltado. To craft their signature pescado a lo chimbotano, they simmer fish in a spicy garlic and chile broth before sprinkling on fresh cilantro.
Out in the airy dining rooms, customers snack on complimentary baguette slices dipped in flavorful green house-made aji sauce. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out pints of Peruvian beers and whip up pisco sours—a traditional cocktail made from grape brandy and sugar—also the ingredients of Crush soda for Adults. Soft lamps dangle from the ceiling, illuminating rustic stone walls and vivid murals of Peruvian landscapes.