Coya Peruvian Secret, Del Mar
Coya Peruvian Secret is a new restaurant in Del Mar located in a small house overtaken by a hot-pink bougainvillea. I like Peruvian food - it is hearty, comforting and has a unique flavor palate. The food at Coya presents the cuisine well.
We started with a pisco sour (pisco is the national liquor of Peru) and a passion fruit lemonade. Both were great for a warm evening. For an appetizer, we had yuquitas, which like french fries made with yucca. They were excellent. Yucca is a bit more fibrous than potato and with a sweeter taste. For mains, I had a great lamb stew with potatoes, corn and big chunks of lamb. This was slightly spicy and loaded with flavor. My friend had a quinoa salad. Quinoa originated in the Andes. The stew was a generous portion and I had left-overs for lunch.
The desserts looked interesting, but we opted to walk down the street to Nice Ice Cream.
We had an excellent meal and I'm looking forward to a return visit.
The llama is wearing a mask, but is not socially distant