Sharing a meal out strengthens family bonds in a civilized way, unlike invading the neighborhood block party and laying siege to the bounce castle. Subjugate your hunger with today’s Groupon to Inka Mamas, with locations in Aliso Viejo, Foothill Ranch, and San Clemente. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get $35 worth of Peruvian fare Sunday–Thursday at the Aliso Viejo location.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Peruvian fare Friday or Saturday at the Aliso Viejo location.
- For $15, you get $35 worth of Peruvian fare Sunday–Thursday at the Foothill Ranch location.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Peruvian fare Friday or Saturday at the Foothill Ranch location.
- For $15, you get $35 worth of Peruvian fare Sunday–Thursday at the San Clemente location.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Peruvian fare Friday or Saturday at the San Clemente location.
Overseen by a sisterly duo, Inka Mamas soothes hunger pangs with a menu of Northern Peruvian culinary classics. Palates are prepped with the ceviche mixto ($12.95), featuring fresh fish, calamari, and shrimp bathed in chili-lime juice. Sautéed chicken joins finely minced onions, peas, and french fries in a steaming jacuzzi of chili and garlic sauce to create the Inka special ($12.45), and the arroz con mariscos ($16.95) heaps enough fish, calamari, and shrimp atop cilantro rice to bring color back to Moby Dick’s pallid face. Eschewing meat-laden morsels entirely, chefs uproot Babylonian green beans, broccoli, and potatoes before garnishing them with spicy garlic sauce and a hail of fresh cilantro to construct the ajicao de vegetales ($9.95). Savory lamb stewed in Inka wine with onions and garlic takes center stage alongside a supporting cast of white beans, character actor Brian Dennehy, and rice in the cabrito norteno ($16.95), and platefuls of the sweet francesca ($7.45) massage petulant sweet teeth into submission with a crepe stuffed with caramel and fried plaintains, then tenderly topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
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.