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Cafe Secret

1140 Camino Del Mar (12th St.) Send to Phone
858-792-0821 | Menu
Authentic Peruvian food in Del Mar.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Cafe Secret Restaurant Review

: The Basagoitia family from Lima works diligently in their compact kitchen within this quaint cottage, producing authentic Peruvian dishes. Diners enjoy leisurely lunches and casual dinners on the patio (it's all al fresco here). For lunch, we recommend the empanadas --- try the version with ground sirloin, caramelized onions and aji pepper that spill from its dusted-in-powdered-sugar shell; pair it with a chilled Cusqueña beer. Then there's the ceviche in many incarnations: nuggets of sea bass in lime, garlic, onion and more aji peppers; its Peruvian corn, canchita (toasted corn) and sweet potatoes balance the dish. For dinner, there’s Peruvian scallops au gratin and pesto raviolis with queso fresco, or grass-fed New Zealand lamb cilantro stew with chicha de jora, choclo, peas and carrots. Don’t skip the Key lime meringue, a testament to the wonders of whipped eggs and sugar, with just the right punch of lime. For brunch, crêpes with Peruvian cocoa and fresh strawberries are a good choice, along with sweet plantains or the chicharron --- homemade braised pork with roasted yams. Vegan soups and salads also grace the menu.

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