Occupation: Writer/Freelance Journalist
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: La Mar
Reviewed La Mar: Friday, January 3, 2014
When seeking adventurous and tasty cosmopolitan dining options, the areas most likely to spring to mind include the Mission, Pac Heights and the Marina. But a handful of restaurants on the water on the Embarcadero shine bright, and if you have a passion for Peruvian food, then La Mar at Pier 1.5 should be a must-visit.
An open, airy, white space with waterfront views and high ceilings, the large dining room hosted a very diverse group of diners on this visit. Once seated, our server, Tony, proved exceptionally friendly, helpful and attentive, all in a very genuine manner. We indulged in our favorite appetizer; a tasting of four ceviches showcasing a broad range of inventive flavor profiles ranging from Japanese and Mexican-inspired to traditional Peruvian. If you love ceviche the way we do, this dish is not to be missed. While you’ll find the ceviche portions to be smaller than comparable dishes at Limon, the city’s Peruvian standard, the quality of the fish and ingredients at La Mar are superlative, by far the best we’ve sampled.
In the entree domain, the Lomo Saltado boasted tender chunks of beef with vegetables in a rich, hearty marinade with fried potatoes. We ordered the Arroz Norteno based on a recommendation from Tony and weren’t disappointed. A paella-like dish featuring an abundance of scallops, shrimps, mussels and vegetables in a delicious reduced broth that infused wok-sautéed rice with deep, rich flavor, we will definitely order this again on our next visit.