“Peruvian restaurant? Ang peri-peri chicken ba Peruvian? Bakit hindi na lang peru-peru ang tawag?”
*toinks* Wenk wenk.
That was my clueless moment before Shani, Mike and I (collectively known as The Evil Support Group) ate at Mantaro.
Anyway, thanks to Google, I found out that peri-peri or piri-piri is the name used in Portuguese to describe the African bird’s-eye chilli, a member of the capsicum plant genus.
And thanks to Google Maps, we were able to locate this hole-in-the-wall. Mantaro is along Scout Tobias in Quezon City. Super near Estrel’s Cakes.
Full house ang Mantaro when we arrived! They just made a way to secure a table and chairs for us. Food took a while to arrive, probably because there were so many customers.
We had the Ceviche Mixto. It’s a mix of white fish and squid (or octopus?). It’s like Peruvian kilawin. Fresh seafood, perfect acidity, and loved that they served it with sweet potato.
Shani (or was it Mike?) had a spot-on description of the Chorizo. Para daw ‘yung gamit sa McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin. Tastes better, of course. And hey, we all like Sausage McMuffin! :p
Mike and I had the Pollo A La Brasa with fritas (patatas) and Shani had it with arroz (rice). Malayo pa lang ‘yung chicken, naaamoy ko na. Not sure what rub they used but most likely it has cumin and paprika.
The chicken tasted as good as it smelled. Moist, tender, wonderfully flavored. Really nice with the three sauces they served it with. Our favorite among the 3 was the chimichurri. That’s made of parsley, garlic, oil and I don’t know what else, basta masarap!
The food was outstanding, especially the ceviche, and the service friendly and helpful. The only negative was that I did not get to have dessert! They ran out of Suspiro A La Limeña that time. :( I thought the name meant something with lime, but it means Limean woman’s sigh pala, because the dessert is sweet and light raw. It’s like dulce de leche and meringue. *sigh*
To all you foodies who want to try more Latin American food, Mantaro is a superb pick.
(Thanks Shani and Mikey for the FUNtastic dinner! Anong next cuisine natin? :p)
Mantaro Original Peruvian Cuisine
57B Scout Tobias Corner Scout Limbaga,
Tomas Morato, Quezon City
// listening to Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance