On my recent vacation to Mancora Peru we decided to eat at a little place on the main street running through town call Restaurant Mechita. We found the place while we were looking for a place to get Menu for cheap. We noticed that they had Menu advertised out front on the billboard for s./8 soles so we decided to give it a try. The menu lists various marisco’s seafood and criolla fare and the prices are about half what you will pay at the Espada, which I did not visit after reading several bad reviews.
We ordered chicharrones de calamar which is fried calamari for our girls for s./8 soles. The menu came with a starter of papas huancaina which was decent although it is pretty hard to screw up skined boiled potatoes in huancaina sauce, it was good though as I tried a taste. The chicharrone de calamar was very fresh and cooked to perfection. I was in the mood for some fresh shrimp and decided to try their cebiche de langostinos which is priced at s./15 soles or about $5 usd.
The cebiche de langostinos was absolutely superb! The shrimp were fresh and plentiful as I did not expect to get so many shrimp for that price. The leche de tigre was perfectly spiced with ricotta pepper and red onions combined with key limes. The dish was served with a piece of choclo corn and camote sweet potatoes on the side.
The restaurant has outdoor seating on the front patio and ample room inside. They were showing the world cup game inside which is where we were seated. If you are going to try to get Menu on avenida grau rather than the boardwalk this is a good choice. I give Restaurant Mechita (***) 3 stars for a delicious quick lunch.
The Old Pub is located at the end of the Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores, Peru. I found it quite fantastic upon entering having been out of the United States for over 2 months straight. The décor is fashioned like that of an authentic English watering hole, with large bar and old english decorations. The bar even houses authentic Imperial Stout right on tap!
They have several brand new 50” LED flat screens with football on daily. The menu is great if you want to get a taste from back home. They have fantastic buffalo wings and the beer is perfectly chilled. The service is friendly and bilingual as are the majority of eateries on the calle de las pizzas.
Items on the menu include sandwiches, burgers, steaks ( even the chateaubriande). Items range from s./15 for appetizers to s./55 soles for the chateaubriande which is enough for 2. The drinks range from cusquena s./9 (330ml) jarobe s./25, pilsen s./8 and a little more for imports. They also have a variety of wine and plenty of whisky to choose from.
If you are looking for a place to go watch a game or just looking for a glimpse of home go check out The Old Pub in Miraflores for a great time. I give the Old Pub *** stars.
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Mancora is a tourist destination and there are tons of choices when it comes to dining be it a light lunch to a feast for dinner. The Panamerican Highway runs right the main strip of Mancora, where you will find a plethora of tourist shops, banks, atm’s, boticas / pharmacies, and plenty of restaurants to choose from.
Along the Panamerican Highway you will find that most of the restaurants are a little pricey, but Menu can still be found for as little as 5 Soles. For those who are not familiar with the Peruvian version of “Menu” it means that you are given a choice of starters, usually cebiche or papa huancaina or maybe chicarron de pescado, followed by you main dish of choice and a drink, normally a fruit extract or personal gaseosa ie soda like Inca Kola.
Among the Restaurants along the Panamerican Highway that I would recommend are the Mare e Monte Restaurant and Polleria. The chicken is good and the locals love the place. We went on for Father’s Day at dinner time and the place was packed. Prices are decent and the food is good.
I recommend staying away from the Espada Restaurant as well as the one just to the North of it as well as we had a quite nasty lunch at this place. The Espada we did not try due to reading numerous poor reviews prior to our trip. Prices here were also really high.
My best deals on fresh fish and seafood were found on the pedestrian street that leads to the main part of Mancora Beach. I ate at 3 different open air restaurants along this street and enjoyed Menu at all 3. The fish is fresh and the price is great for travelers on a budget. Menu here ranges from $7 to $10. Cerveza and cold beer is S./4 soles for a 660 ml bottle on this street as opposed to right on the beach where S./6 beers are the norm.
Restaurants that I recommend here are the Restaurant Tumi and the Mochileros Larr. The Mochileros larr had great cebiche and super cold beer as well as friendly staff.
Be sure to check out the hand made jewlery shop across from the Restaurant Tumi where you can find custom made jewelry ranging from alpaca with authentic mexican torquoise to sterling silver.
Night time I suggest trying a sit down dinner at one of the eateries to the south end of the Panamerican Highway. The Beef House in Mancora has a nice selection of steaks and american style baked potatoe to boot. There are a few pizza places and other assorted places for dinner too.
Located in the Collectivo de Chira across from the Mercado de Limoncillo on the prolongacion Tacna just over the bridge in Rimac you will find a fantastic locals restaurant. I first ate here last year on the way to take my step daughters to school for a quick lunch, since then I have been back numerous times.
The Cristo Rey a small open air cebicheria inside the Chira Market with some fantastic food. They serve a different Menu special daily along with fresh cebiche and chicharon de calamar. Everything here is made fresh that day and I have not had a bad meal here. Price for Menu is S./5 soles or about $1.75 USD and changes daily.
Last week I tried their Menu special of Chupe de langostinos which was fantastic! It came with chicharon de calamari and cebiche for S./7 other choices for starters are papa huancaina. The chicharon is great and the cebiche is spiced perfectly.
They open around 11 AM and close late in the afternoon. The Cristo Rey is a great place to eat a tasty meal on a buget and the service is friendly and fast. Enjoy and maybe I’ll see you there!
Cebiche is it just raw fish? No we are not talking about sushi here. Cebiche is a mixture of raw fish, cubed and marinated in key lime juice and ricotto peppers. It is served at room temperature with sliced red onions on top with Choclo corn on the cob and sliced camote sweet potatoes.
When done right the dish is very delicious! Lima is home of the original Cebiche even though many latin countries have their own take on it. Lima, Peru is the originator and home to more than 2,000 Cebicherias. The food can be found everywhere, from street vendors to sit down restaurants. Cebiche is normally eaten in the early afternoon and most cebicherias close in the late afternoons.
Every Mercado (market) has several places that serve the dish. My first Cebiche was from a small place in the local market in Rimac known as the Limoncillo, located on the Prolongacion Tacna just over the bridge at Puente Santa Rosa. This market is located on about 15 minutes from the Plaza de Armas. The particular cebicheria I chose was the crystal rey located on the left hand side of the street as you approach coming over the bridge. The meal was fantastic and combined with Chicharon de calamar and was fantastic. It was made with the freshest of white fish and cost S./4 or about $1.25.
If you want to try a more upscale type of eatery I suggest 2 places. The first is Restaurant Sonia (****1/2) located in Chorillos, Lima, Peru located about 2 blocks from the balanero on the cliff above the harbour. Made famous by Mr. Tony Bourdain on his show cook’s tour. Here you will find the Best Cebiche in town. Fresh pescado (fish) and mariscos (seafood) brought on the owners boat daily and prepared by Sonia herself in the old way. I suggest the Classic Cebiche as it doesnt get any better. Also, on the menu is Cebiche de Conchas Negras (black sea scallops) considered to be a natural aphrodisiac and chicharon de calamar as well. Keep in mind that you will spend a bout S./25 per plate or about $10 USD plus beverages.
Another place to try is La Mar (****) created by renowned chef Aston Gaston and located at 770 La Mar in Miraflores. Here you can try Cebiche infused with neo pan asian flare. Among the highlights are star watching as most days the Telenovela crowd pours in and one can see many of the local TV stars dinning with friends. I suggest the mixed platter of 5 different cebiches (S./45) as an appetizer for all to try. Expect to Spend S./35-40 per plate or about $15 USD plus beverages. They also house an extensive wine collection. Go early though because after 2pm you will have trouble finding a table as it is very popular.