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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dinner and Happy Hour at Inca's Kitchen

is a restaurant serving Peruvian Cuisine in Naples, FL.  They have 2 locations, one of which recently opened in the Pavilion shopping center in North Naples.

As you walk into the restaurant they have a beautiful bar and raw bar area. The raw bar serves Tiraditos, sort of a Peruvian sashimi in addition to Sushi-Inspired Rolls. This is exemplary of the multicultural influences over the years on Peruvian food.

 There are also equally beautiful dining areas

in addition to a very nice private dining room should you desire.

Before dinner, Cancha

or roasted corn kernels, a traditional Peruvian snack, were brought to the table with a trio of mild Peruvian chili Sauces, a nice way to start off the meal.

My dining companion (DC) and I then tried a few things off the menu.

I apologize for quality of the menu, but you get the idea. Barring menu aesthetics, the food DC and I sampled was excellent.

The first thing tried was the octopus salad al Rafeal's.

This was absolutely delicious. Octopus was mixed with a dressing of Red Vinegar, olive oil, cilantro and Capers, with a bit of Peruvian corn, avocado and mango "Chimichurri".

After management found out why I was manically taking pictures of the food, they graciously brought a dish of Charipita Ceviche gratis, charipita being a spicy South American pepper.

This was some of the best ceviche I have ever eaten. Not at all too hot, fish (Corvina), shrimp, scallops and mussels were served in a Tiger's Milk, Passion Fruit juice with onions, sweet potato, mango salsa and Tostones, or fried plantain slices. On a second visit I urged the owner to put it on the menu. I hope he does, it was that good!

DC and I moved on to the Wahoo ceviche.

This dish as with the other two were a "flavor explosion" once eaten and beautifully plated out.

Wahoo was marinated in lime juice, Aji Limo pepper, and served with a shot glass of wahoo tiger's milk.

We finished with an order of Lomo Saltado. This is a Peruvian dish with an Asian influence. It is a stir-fry of beef, onions, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and Soy Sauce (hopefully not that kind). This dish was served with rice and fried potatoes. Unfortunately, it did not photograph well but it was really good.

After I found out they had a happy hour I decided to go back unaccompanied. Inca's only started this about a month ago and they are still perfecting it. There are no wine specials as of yet, but discounts on beer and cocktails. Happy hour runs at the bar from 4:30-6 P.M. and 8-9 P.M. Tuesday-Sunday.

After my first dining experience there I really wanted to try the happy hour food offerings. These are priced at $5.00 each.

Again, cancha was brought out before my order. Guess there's no escapin' this at a Peruvian restaurant.

The first thing I ordered was a ceviche trio.

Swai, an Asian fish, was served 3 ways, with yellow pepper/lime juice, lime juice and Rocoto pepper/lime juice. Onions and sweet potato served as garnishes. I have really never tried swai, but it was very well flavored so much so that I had 2 orders. Additionally, as all dishes here are,  it was beautifully presented.

I moved onto the bacon-wrapped shrimp.

These were good and served with a mango/pepper/onion Sweet and Sour Sauce.

I am a big fan of Chicharron, or fried pork belly, so I wanted to try the restaurant's take on it.

It too was nicely presented, served atop a rocoto pepper Coulis and sweet potatoes. It was very nicely flavored and unusual in that most of the fat was cut off the pork belly. I am still deciding if I like my chicharron this way and will have to order this again when I go back. Again, their happy hour has only been running for about a month and they are still working out the "kinks". They will be expanding both their food and beverage item offerings during happy hour in the near future, and I cannot wait to go back.

Inca's Kitchen has great food and is easily one of the top 10 restaurants in Naples. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, the service excellent and the food, for the most part, incredibly delicious.

That's that for another post on Forks.

Inca's Kitchen
8955 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34108

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