51. Pescado A Lo Macho at Muelle Peruvian Cantina

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Dave Lieberman
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Everyone went crazy for the sandwiches at Renzo's Taste of Peru when it was open in Irvine. There's a reason why, of course--they were great--but if I'm going to eat in a Peruvian restaurant I want something more than a sandwich. When Renzo opened up Muelle Peruvian Cantina opened up in the Huntington Beach Hotel last year, then, I jumped at the chance.

Pescado a lo macho is fish topped with seafood--always calamari, sometimes octopus, shrimp or sea snail--and then coated in a thick sauce made with ají amarillo, the ubiquitous yellow chile found in half the dishes in Peru. Muelle's pescado a lo macho is by far the best example I've ever had: the fish was so moist it collapsed into loosely bound flakes at the touch of a fork, with calamari and scallops cooked absolutely perfectly and a perfectly integrated sauce that soaked into the rice; I used the rest of the bread in the basket to soak up every drop.

Muelle Peruvian Cantina, inside the Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center Ave. (just off the 405 and Beach), Huntington Beach; 714-891-0123; muellehb.com.

See also:

The List:

52. Cemita de Milanesa at La Cemita Poblana
53. Meatballs and Polenta at 320 Main
54. Shellfish (Ốc) at Hien Vuong Da Kao
55. Basic Bol at Boldo Bol
56. Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill
57. 10-Item Plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill
58. Leche Frita at Cafe Sevilla
59. Happy Hour Sushi at Ginzaya
60. Red Beans and Rice at Disneyland's French Market
61. Consommé from Tacos y Birria El Güero
62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow
63. Breakfast Taco at Sapphire Laguna
64. Husky Burger at Husky Boy Burgers
65. Love Bagel from Koffee Klatch
66. Kouign Amann From The Crema Cafe & Bakery
67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill
68. PB & J At Hopscotch
69. Takuwan Sushi from AnQi by Crustacean
70. Ube Ensaymadas from The Ensaymada Project
71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market
72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales
73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House
74. Doughnuts from Sidecar
75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita
76. Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Orange Homegrown Farmers Market
77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach
78. Pani Puri from Adya
79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger
80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place
81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not
82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo
83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery
84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle
85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café
86. Smoked Trout at Provenance
87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant
88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro
89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong
90. Poke at Costco Tustin II
91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos
92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House
93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas
94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe
95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's
96. Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express
97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
98. Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald
99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels
100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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Location Info

Muelle Peruvian Cantina @ Hotel Huntington Beach

7667 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant


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Broken link for #96

JBinOC
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I guess we won't be saying, "Cha-Ching!" when we click on Ching Chinese Express.....


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