By Samantha Hammer
Inka Mama’s: 821 Via Suerte, San Clemente, 949.369.6262, www.inkamamas.com
Family tradition and Incan heritage creates the authentic Peruvian cuisine at Inka Mama’s in San Clemente at the Talega Village Shopping Center.
If you are looking for a new dining experience with bold, tasty and authentic cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails and outdoor seating, Inka Mama’s could well become a forever favorite.
The restaurant opened its doors in 2011. Stavros Lozano, a native of Lima, Peru is the managing partner. His mother, Martha and aunt Angela founded the restaurant.
The two women grew up in Chimbote, the fishing capital of Peru, and cooking sensational traditional cuisine was a staple in their lives. When they arrived in Southern California and opened the doors of Inka Mama’s, their family recipes took on a new life.
The menu is enticing, offering a fusion influence with delicate flavors from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
It’s difficult to choose from the bold assortment of appetizers, fresh salads, soups, seafood, chicken and steak entrees, sides and desserts. A customer favorite is causa, a delicate selection of seared shrimp salad layered within two whipped potato pancakes topped with a ricotta cheese sauce—a perfect blend of spicy and tangy, with a hint of lime.
The restaurant offers happy hour daily, beer and wine, catering and a new outdoor patio and bar opening in July. Kids eat free on Monday’s with each paid entree.
“Inka Mama’s has always been an extension of our home,” Lozano said. “A place to gather with friends and family around good food.”
For more information, including specials and events, visit them on Facebook at Inka Mama’s San Clemente.
PRICE RANGE: $10 – $30
HOURS: Sunday – Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: Accepted, but walk-ins welcome
SPIRITS: Beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails