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Mo-Chica

514 W. 7th St. (S. Grand Ave.) Send to Phone
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Chef Ricardo Zarate reinvents his Peruvian restaurant Mo-Chica in a new space.
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Mo-Chica Restaurant Review

: After finding success with the original incarnation of Mo-Chica at the Mercado La Paloma, chef-owner Ricardo Zarate has reinvented his Peruvian eatery in a new downtown location. (Zarate also operates Picca, a slightly more sophisticated Peruvian restaurant on L.A.’s Westside, and Paiche in Marina del Rey.) The front of the industrial space features an exhibition-style kitchen, and a hallway lined with two-top tables leads to another dining room with a graffiti art mural. The atmosphere has been improved, but Mo-Chica thankfully remains an easy and unpretentious place to spend an evening out. The menu, presented on brightly colored construction paper, offers contemporary interpretations of Peruvian comfort food. Mussel shells are heaped with grilled chopped mussels, prawns, squid and tomato choclo salsa, while sangrecita (black sausage) is served with jalapeno salsa and a fried egg. Other options range from “quinotto” (quinoa risotto) to paiche, an Amazonian fish from Peru accompanied by ajiaco de arroz and cherry tomato escabeche. Adventurous eaters might be tempted by the tripe or alpaca stew. Desserts include alfajores, which are cookie sandwiches topped with powdered sugar and filled with dulce de leche and chocolate ganache. There's a small wine list as well as cocktails spotlighting the South American spirit pisco.

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