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La Mar – San Francisco, CA

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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We decided to head to San Fran for the weekend – a combination of a great deal and the constant urge to roam overtook us, and after a click frenzy on expedia, we were in the air again.

Our friend S, a definite fan of food, recommended this place, and we were definitely not disappointed. On a beautiful, windy, sunny Saturday morning, we strolled down the Embarcadero to La Mar for some delicious Peruvian-prepared fresh fish, definitely something that is missing in Vancouver.

La Mar is a fabulous space inside – especially on a sunny morning. Sunlight that streams in through the windows, but doesn’t seem too bright – the high ceilings and white walls give the space a light openness that just feels comfortable. The tables aren’t crowded and there is a huge kitchen, open in the restaurant that’s always interesting to watch.

We started with the Cebiche tasting – a grouping of four different ceviches (Mixto, Chifa, Nikei and Clásico) that was beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. This is a restaurant, unlike so many, that really, really knows how to work with fresh fish. Ceviche, when done well, can be a perfect food. The mixture of textures – soft, chewy, crisp (depending on the contents), with the bitterness and acidity of the lime juice and the flavours of whatever the chef has chosen to accent the food with makes ceviche a completely unique dish. And as La Mar calls itself a ‘cebicheria’ – they better know how to prepare ceviche – and yes, they certainly do.
La Mar Cebicheria - San Francisco, CA
We followed this with the selection of three causas (described on the menu as ‘Traditional Peruvian whipped potato with ají amarillo and seafood or vegetarian toppings’) – that were interesting, definitely unique (hadn’t really had anything like this before) and certainly very tasty.

Our waitress managed to convince our still-hungry selves that the buñuelos de chocolate would be a perfect dessert, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This is basically hot, fresh, little, chocolate-filled donuts, served with banana/passion-fruit icecream. How could that ever go badly at the end of a meal?
La Mar Cebicheria - San Francisco, CA
Overall, the food food is delicious, and the space is very comfortable. I found the service to be a bit unfriendly – when we arrived, we were the only ones at the maître d’s desk and we stood there for about 10 minutes, with multiple staff walking by and not even acknowledging our presence until the Maître d’ finally showed up to seat us. Oh – you know when you go to a restaurant and the waitstaff are really enthusiastic and want you to have a great time and they think the food is fabulous and interesting? Well, the waitstaff weren’t like that at all here. So it goes.

Bottom line: great place for delicious fresh fish. Interesting Peruvian cuisine that is a rarity in many other cities.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Multiple locations worldwide
Pier 1 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: (415) 397 8880

Monday – Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 2:30pm
Monday – Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Sunday 5:30pm to 9pm

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Tags: San Francisco · Seafood

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