The first dinner upon my mom’s arrival from Michigan was a special one. My mom planned to reunite with a childhood friend she had not seen since she was 21 years old in Seoul. They had been friends since middle school and kept in touch when they both immigrated to the US in their early 20s, my mom to Michigan and my mom’s friend to the Bay Area. After nearly 35 years, they finally saw each other face to face. My mom said that when they spoke on the phone all these years, she was just imagining her 20 year old friend’s face – she nearly forgot that her friend would look different when they met.
I decided on a restaurant that was convenient for all and fancy enough to reflect the occasion. La Costanera is a Michelin starred, beach front Peruvian Restaurant and could accomodate large parties. We started with several small plates. Here’s crispy wontons stuffed with Oaxaca cheese & avocado puree.
Crab cake Peruano: potato chips crusted fresh Dungeness crab cake, shitake mushrooms & sweet rocoto-pimento sauce.
mac ‘n cheese with smoked bacon, four cheeses & huancaina.
crispy yucca balls stuffed with Spanish chorizo, olives, raisins & Costanera sauce.
Calamari Relleno: grilled stuffed calamari with tacu tacu & squid ink sauce.
lobster & chorizo Peruvian style paella with saffron rice.
Paella Negra: saffron rice, Peruvian style seafood paella, with calamari, seasonal fish, shrimp, mussels & clams cooked in calamari ink & salsa blanca.
Pollo Salvaje: oven roasted free range half chicken with yucca fries & salsa anticuchera.
Langostino Crocantes: crispy quinoa encrusted prawns with Japanese sweet potato puree.
house-made churros filled with dulce de leche with chocolate de la olla.
La Costanera was right off of Montara State Beach.