When I heard from my parents about this Pan-Latin restaurant that served a Peruvian beer, Cusquena, I knew that I wanted to try it sometime when I was visiting Philadelphia since Peruvian fare, and especially beverages, are still not overly common outside of places like Miami or New York City. And with my October visit home, that seemed like the perfect time to do so.
Being Pan-Latin, it serves food from just about every corner of Latin America. It’s the type of restaurant I fervently wish was here in Pittsburgh. We had a pretty early reservation for a Friday night and were one of the first tables but as the evening went on, it got busier and louder (it’s not the place I would recommend for a romantic night out).
I started off by ordering my cocktail of choice, a Pisco Sour ($11), what the margarita is to Peru. I’ve had better (not just ones in Peru that is), but it was still good, just lacking a bit on the egg white side (which frankly is what makes it).
My dad ordered a plate of the Empanadas ($6) for the table. There are two in the order and your choices are beef, chicken, or cheese, in either a green plantain or flour crust. They also came with a tangy sauce. Empanadas are basic and unglamerous, but always delicious and reliable too.
For my entree, I kept with the Peruvian theme and selected the Lomo Saltado ($26) which is Peruvian stir fry. It’s a dish I’ve made, and one that I’ve eaten numerous times in both Peru and the United States. It’s just one of my favorites, Mixto’s version being included in this.
My mom ordered the Montuno de Lechon ($18) which consisted of shredded pork, yucca, Cuban tamal, maduros (sweetened plantains), and avocado. It’s something she’s ordered there before and really enjoyed so she got it again.
My dad opted for the Borrego ($24) which was grilled lamb chops that came with grilled pineapples, risotto with asparagus, mushrooms, artichokes, and Parmesan cheese, topped with a red wine reduction sauce. He cleaned his plate so I think it’s safe to say he was satisfied.
For dessert, my mom and I split an order of the Flan de Coco ($7). This is traditional Cuban custard made with coconut milk and came with coconut pastries. Even if you’re borderline full, flan is always the best dessert to go with as it’s incredibly light.
My dad ordered the Tres Leches ($6) which was vanilla scented sponge cake that has been soaked in three types of milk. It was then topped with a thick layer of meringue frosting.
I really enjoyed my meal at Mixto and let’s face it, I always adore a Latin American dining experience. The next best thing to traveling to those countries is eating the local food.
1141 Pine Street | Philadelphia, PA | 19107