We had another excellent dinner at Costanera, a Peruvian restaurant in Montclair. We shared 6 appetizers, and had plenty leftover for another dinner.
Very tender grilled octopus salad with chimichurri aioli, roasted potatoes, chorizo, and arugula. It had a very nice char to it, and was cut nice and thin.
crab cake with shrimp, corn, string beans, & arugula, in a lobster cream sauce
Papa rellena-crispy deep fried mashed potato ball stuffed with ground beef & cheese, in a creamy tomato sauce
Chicharron de pescado-quinoa crusted cod fritters with salsa golf, salsa criolla, and spicy aji salsa verde
Anticuchos- marinated beef hearts kebabs with choclo (large sweet corn kernels) and potatoes. This was the first time I had beef hearts. It had a nice beefy flavor, with a little chew to it (but not fatty).
Spaghetti with Peruvian pesto sauce, which contains spinach, as well as basil and queso fresco cheese to give it some creaminess
We took home some delicious lucuma ice cream and topped it off with some fresh mint from our plant. Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit that tastes like butterscotch (at least in the ice cream).
Instead of bread they started us off with a very tasty crispy dry roasted and salty corn kernels and plantains with spicy aji salsa verde.