Friday the boys took me up 24th Street and into Noe Valley. After a few short stops along the way (there is plenty to see and do) we arrived at our dining destination, Fresca, a Peruvian restaurant with an amazing menu.
We split a trio sampler of their ceviche (you can actually choose between seven different options) We ordered the Ceviche Mixto with white fish, calamari, shrimp, and scallops; Ceviche Chifa with tuna; and Ceviche de Coco another tuna dish with coconut-jalapeno milk, cashews and jicama. The ceviche trio came with a small plate of house toasted corn nuts, and a basket of fried plantains. This could have been a meal in itself. Each of the dishes was fresh and bursting with an assortment of flavors and vegetables from sweet potatoes with cilantro and corn to a pondu-leche sauce with crispy wontons and avocados.
For dinner, I decided to go on the lighter side. I ordered the El Toro Steak Salad. First of all, their salads are huge. Enough that two people could easily split. The steak was melt in your mouth tender and juice. It sat on a bed of mixed greens with tomatoes, avocados and onions. All topped with a creamy cilantro dressing. This little doggy had her tail wagging the entire evening.
Fresca’s food is amazing. It’s inventive, fresh and, exploding with flavor. Alas, sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. The bad part of the evening came from our waiter who just couldn’t keep it together. Twice we asked for sparkling water, we never did get it. When we first got seated we ordered a couple of glasses of wine, we waited and waited. I happened to look over, our wine was sitting on the bar waiting to be served. Our waiter was off in the corner of the restaurant laughing and carrying on a conversation oblivious to why he was actually there…to serve his customers.
If I were rating this restaurant on their food alone, I would gladly give it 5 paws, but I am a bit picky when I go out to a restaurant, I want to be treated like they want me there. And no it wasn’t due to a shortage of staff or a busy evening. We ate early, about 6:0pm. There were only four tables with customers and it wasn’t like he was the only waiter there.
Food: 5 Paws
Service 1 Paw