The kids were at Grandma's and I got to finally pick dinner last night. I had thought about it during the day as to where I wanted to go. I have read a lot about Inka Heritage, but had Graze and Cooper's as alternates.
My wife was on board with Inka, so down Park St. we went. We didn't get rolling until about 8. I had no reservations and my wife can get tweaked if she doesn't get her food quickly when hungry. I was tempted to pack a zagnut to keep her quiet, especially when I had read of slow service. We pulled on the side street next to the restaurant and found a spot right away. We walked into the restaurant and were seated immediately by the window (drapes looked/smelled fine - did not notice any carpet with which to match).
The woman who sat us was in turn our server. She took our drink orders and offered to take food orders right away. We both got the Chi Cha Morada - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicha
as seen in many reviews. It did not disappoint. It had a Horchata feel to it, but without the graininess/film. I appreciate that they are two totally different types of drinks, but the flavors reminded me of each other. One glass was enough, but I spread it out over the meal in combination with my water.
I had a need for ceviche. They had two options, I can't remember the first, but the second was a mixto. I chose that. My wife got the Reina. The ceviche was awesome. Truly a mixed variety: shrimp, mussels in the shell, squid, and maybe some fish. I liked it a lot. We were asked the heat level, I said medium, it had some kick. Delicious and I recommend highly. I look forward to the cevicheria (?) people say they are opening. I wasn't hung-over and opted out of drinking the leche, but could be tempted. The Reina tasted like chicken salad to me (I had a bite.) Nothing really special, but my wife ate it clean and liked it.
For dinner, my wife was hungry for soup. She got the Aguadito de Pollo. I need meat with my meals. The server recommended something from every category, including the Lomo Saltado. She mentioned the Lomo Inka Heritage as being a fan favorite. That's what I got. While the Lomo Inka Heritage was good, the steak cooked well, flavorful and tender, it was not really that special. The pancake made it a bit more Peruvian, but I would probably order something different next time. My wife ate all of her soup and liked it, I thought it was a touch salty, but good. Unique flavors.
Pleasantly satisfied, we asked for and promptly received our bill. We had a good experience. I would again have the ceviche, but would be interested in trying a different main course. I would recommend this restaurant. The food good, the noise tolerable and as we were off to the side, the opening and closing of the front door not a problem. One thing, on the way to the potty, I saw another whole room. I am not sure if this was part of the restaurant or what, as I had to pee and didn't investigate.