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El Inka Latin Deli

3826 Sunset Street
Burnaby, BC V5G1T3
Tel: (604) 434-4545

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Just like a scene in a movie
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:35am [Dine in]

The ambiance may not be there but the atmosphere is 5 star. Feels like you have entered a cafe in some one horse town in countryside Peru. Small overhead fan in slow motion, religious articles hanging on the wall. While waiting for our food we watched 2 groups of locals eating and conversing in their native tongue. This was a treat in it's self, like being in a movie from the fifties. On to the food. We had Papa Huancaina, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and Empanadas Queso. The hit of the meal was the Empanadas Queso. Cheese inside a deep fried pastry. Coming back for sure.

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I don't like this place anymore
By qwert of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I used to come here at least once a month.....couple days ago....I visited this place and realized that the ownership has changed and I don't like it anymore.

Everything is the same on the menu but the taste is different.

The free spicy sauce they used to give us is wate rdown now.

The purple corn juice is water down as well.

My favorite dish - Aji gallima is so watery ...I don't like it at all !!!! Why ???

But the seco still taste okay...

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Great tasting Peruvian food at a great price
By michael13 of Kitsilano (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

This is what I would affectionately call a great hole-in-the-wall kind of place. i.e., you don't come for the ambiance (there's always a TV playing too loud here), but you do come for the great tasting food. They recently changed ownership here, and while I liked the food before, I think it's even better now. Plus the portions are extremely generous. The "arroz con pollo" for $10 has got to be the best taste to price ratio around. Also try the papa a la huancaina as an appetizer. The sauce is ridiculously tasty. My wife is a big fan of the ceviche, the tamales, and the aji de gallina. This place is a definite craving satsifier for anyone who likes Peruvian food, and will create these cravings in those who haven't tried it!

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Amazing food
By AJEdwards of Coquitlam, B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Food was great. My girlfriend is from Peru and is introducing me to all things Peruvian cooking, so we've been scouring the city for restaurants and stores. We've been to this restaurant twice now, and the was very good. I've been having cravings for more papa de huancaina. While I'll eat most anything, my girlfriend is a rather picky eater, so the fact that she really enjoyed the food is good evidence that it's worthwhile going in for a visit. She was also happy to note that all the dishes we had were quite authentic and made properly.

The menu is comprised of mostly Peruvian food with a couple pages of Columbian dishes at the back. I'd list all the dishes we've tried, but I have trouble with remembering names and I don't speak Spanish so I won't. Suffice to say, everything we had was very good and certainly worth the drive and money. The only thing I didn't like too much was the chanfainita, but thats not on the menu and was given to me to try by the very hospitable owner and chef.

The owner is a very nice guy, however his English is not the best and it can be hard to understand him. Luckily for me my girlfriend was there to translate and I am trying to learn Spanish so he was nice enough to submit to my poor pronunciation. The place itself is very plain, and the decor is quite blah. While this mayprevent it from becoming a destination hotspot (that and it's location), I couldn't have cared less. I was there for the food and service, and both were splendid.

Just typing this review is making me want to go back again, I won't be happy until I've tried most of the things on the menu.

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Hot hot hot
By R.H. Lo of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

We went to El Inka tonight and it didn't disappoint. The tamal, papa rellena yuca, and chicha morada were all good.

We love the hot sauce. The owner said it's very expensive hot sauce - the chill pepper costs $9 a pound!

We have been in search of good Peruvian restaurant since Mira Sol on Main was long gone. El Inka is an unpretentious restaurant in a residential neighbourhood in Burnaby that's worth supporting.

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If you don't want to drive to South America
By simondeburnaby of La Casa de mi Mama (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

when el hambre hits, try this little place in Burnaby. El Inka may single-handedly build a Latin community in an otherwise unremarkable neighbourhood. Too many small businesses outside the already 'vibrant' parts of this city fail, not due to any intrinsic fault, but just because there aren't enough people willing to step outside their comfort zones and lend them patronage. Do your part! The food is great! If El Inka goes down, I'll sacrifice myself to the Sun God!

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What a great experience
By surespuesta of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Despues de 4 anos de vivir en canada tubimos la oportunidad de conocer este restaurante, con sus propietarios y su comida. cuando nos dirigiamos al restaurante le dije a mi esposa " Amor, no te imagines que la comida del restaurante va a ser tan buena como la que nos comiamos en Colombia, asi que no te hagas muchas ilusiones" tampoco yo me queria hacer muchas ilusiones pues no creia que "El Inka Deli" iba a llenar las expectativas, y pues estaba equivocado, la comida fue expectacularmente buena, nos comimos una bandeja paisa cada uno y a demas nos cupo un caldo de gallina. Como seria de bueno que volvimos al dia siguiente a repetir lo mismo ya que vivimos en Victoria y solo teniamos dos dias para estar en Vancouver.
A la persona que hace un comentario de que los platos no valen lo mismo que valen en Peru, lo invito si va a comprar diamantes que se meta a los huecos de kilometros de profundidad para que le salgan mas baratos, o si quiere un pedazo de carne, que vaya y lo coja directamente del toro, que asi de pronto le sale mas baratico. De verdad que a veces no se entiende como alguien pueda hacer esa clase de comentarios, por si el fulano no ha caido en cuenta estamos en Canada y se gasta en dolares, y si quiere pagar mas barato bien pueda vayase a Peru que seguramente que alla le saldra mas economico.

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Quiero El Inka!
By goingdutch of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I have been several times and the food is delightful. I have been to Peru and this is almost as great as being there. The cebiche is great, lots of flavor. The aji de gallina is great, the ajiaco is filling, the papa de huancaina are hands down my favourite! Causa rellenos are great too. I have had many other dishes here and I have had no complaints. The hot sauce on the tables is OUT OF THIS WORLD good! Anyone who enjoys great homestyle cooking - no matter what your background - will love this. It is a feeling of home, wherever that may be. It may seem a tad pricey, but this is excellent food. The service is great, run by a husband and wife team. The area is not really "sought after" but if the food is this good, who cares?!?

Highly, highly recommended! They also play latin soaps on TV :) I don't know what they are saying, but it definetly adds to the expereince ;)

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Good Little Spot
By over_under of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I had a great visit to El Inka Latin Deli and will be going back. The food was very good and I more than happy with the service that we received there. It's the type of place you go to get as close to authentic Colombian/Peruvian in the area (without the nit-picking of some other reviews of course).

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They serve really good latin food
By Loreta of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

The taste of the food this place serve is so original, as same as the one you can eat in Latin American, and for the same reason I recommend it. no doubt is the best Latin American food I've tried since I came to Canada... also the service is outstanding since the guy who served is very inviting with the way he helped. this time I went with my husband and sister, so we tried to order different varieties of food, and over all was good specially with the spicy sauce... so good...

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love this place....!!!
By latinasmoms of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 12:18am [Dine in]

as a mom looking for good food and not to expensive ,this is the place to go the place has nor areally nice looking but is clean, and has amaizing food every time i go i ordered seco which is rice beans, and meat in a peruvian stle , my daughter order arroz con pollo not to spice and lots of cilantro and to drink chicha morada i came to this place because one of my friends from the latinamerican group is peruvian and is a super option to try sometime different and delicious (near burnaby hospital)............recomended

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Nice people with great food
By tima of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

The lady that works there was very helpful and good at describing the different types of columbian/peruvian dishes. The food was delicious, and the salsa/sauces were amazing. We shared two appies and one dish, and this was more than enough. The columbian empanadas were amazing at a dollar each. I highly recommend it and will surely go again.

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A Wonderful Experience
By Branya of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Our friend brought us to El Inka Latin Deli after going on a short missions trip to Peru. She wanted to share with us some of her experience. We had no idea what we were getting into. We had no idea the food and the experience would be so amazing! The flavours were so fresh and satisfying. The people were friendly and caring, both about their food and their guests. We had a wonderful time, and I really look forward to visiting El Inka Latin Deli again.

Thanks for a great experience!

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Family Owned with excellent food
By mafeparra of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

I am from Colombia and I was looking for a Latin American restaurant in the Vancouver Area. I read all the reviews about El Inka Deli and I thought it was worth a try... Well it was amazing!
I am not a fan of spicy/hot food, but their ceviche is the best!! .. you can also ask them to make it mild... you can still feel all the flavors!!
For those that don't like seafood, the Lomo Saltado is the best option.
And if you are not that hungry.. the CHEESE EMPANADAS!!
In general, the Peruvian food is great and they also have Colombian food.

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Well.........
By omar of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

After reading good reviews went here and found it very hard to comment. Before I say anything I must say- I've been in Peru, and never found their cuisine as a very good one. I don't eat ceviche or other fish- so I might missed the main idea..
It was mid0 week lunch time- alll except 2 were latin Americans so- I guess that says something about the oriniality of the place. The manager is a very nice guy so the service was good.
The chilean empanadas were good, so was the yuca ( don't remember the name)- but the portion was very small.
we took pollo frito ( fried chicken)- never to take again- there was hardly any chicken on the bones- there was crust around the bones- but hardly any chicken.
the lomo saltado was better- but again- it's not that cheap that they need to use the worst pieces of beef. the corn juice was good...
so in general it's not a bad place- a better selection of meat/chicken would have improve the place.
If i'll ever come again- only if I'm in the area and interested in an empanada....

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DELICIOUS PERUVIAN FOOD IN VANCOUVER!!
By tasting_buds of Edmonton,AB (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

I am in a constant search of Peruvian Restaurants across Canada, despite the fact that I go to visit my family there once or twice a year.
I heard about this small restaurant in Vancouver, and couldn`t wait to try it out.
During my 2-weeks stay there, I went 3 times...and not once I came out dissapointed!!
Lomo Saltado, Ceviche, Escabeche de Pescado, Seco de Carne, and Tamales were my choice.
I am originally from Chiclayo, and I pride myself as an excellent cook.
Well, my Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Arnao, they offer outstanding Peruvian dishes.
In this restaurant nothing comes from a microwave, but the results are worth the 15 min wait: Generous portions, a true Peruvian taste, and reasonable prices, fresh ingredients... a combination to succeed!!

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Clsoe to authentic - but poor value
By KevinVancity of Richmond, BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

Me and my wife (she being from Lima) Have been here a few times, frst we went we were excited to find a peruvian restaurant in Vancouver (burnaby) I will say the food is pretty good, the ceviche is very close to what yo would get in Lima, the papa al la huancaina is way off, to salty, I can taste the Salteen crackers they use to make it, and they don't have real aji ammarillo (special yellow pepper from peru) The carna de seco is decent but they don't use wine like they are supposed to make it, they use vinegar. And they charge 14+ dollars for it... this is food you can get for 3 dollars in Peru. All theprices are at least 3 dollars to expensive unless they bring in the actual ingredients from Peru it's not a good value. The Lomo saltado was good the first time we tried it but they change the recipe and now it appears they only through in cayenne pepper for the spices? Then Anticuchos are good (bbq beef hearts). We used to like coming here, but we recently found that El Pulgarcito (listed on this website) has peruvian food on sundays, and they had a REAL peruvian chef . there food was more authentic and way tastier, the pap's a la huncaina had real aji amarillo, and it tasted so good, and you dont get 3 potatoes you get like 6 and tonnes of delicious sauce. and had the real ingredients form Peru, and was cheaper too. i will put a review up for them. They also had Pollo ala brassa. The sadest thing is though last time we went the chef did not show up =( don't know if he will show up again or not.

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Tried it out after reading reviews here
By solidape of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

Me and my girlfriend decided to try out this place after reading all the positive reviews it had gotten. The place is a little out of the way and there is metered parking which sucks. We went there on a late Saturday afternoon around 4pm and it seemed to be almost full, with what looked like mostly Latin American clientele which was a first sign that it might be good.

We were not sure what to order so we decided to order a bunch of cheaper items instead of buying main entrees. The food came a lot quicker than I expected as coming slowly is the case in most of these mom n pop restaurants.

The food was really good and even though we order the cheaper smaller items our stomachs were full. Everything seemed to have a home made type of flavor.

We will be going back again this time with a larger wallet to order some of the more extravagant dishes.

We told the server that we came hear after reading the positive reviews and he told us that many people come there via this sort of word of mouth advertisement.

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Good hole in the wall Peruvian food
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here twice already, and was impressed with the food quality. I have never had peruvian food before, and don't remember the names of all the food I had here. Most things were impressive, like a beef on top of french fries dish, which tastes much better than it sounds. I also had some deep fried potato dish, and a chicken on rice dish, very tastey! I had their seafood ceviche which I didn't like so much, but I have never had one before so i don't know what it was suppose to taste like.

The owner is friendly, but since there is only one server, its sometimes hard to get service.

Looking forward to going back again.

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Home Cook Peruvian Food
By chinlatino of Vancvouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 2:57am [Dine in]

A friend of mine told me about El Inka Deli. Since I was born in Peru, I was eager to try it right away. The place was very homey and the owner greeted us at the restaurant. He was very personal and friendly. It was like being in Lima all over again. The attention was very good. The place is not big so it gets crowded on weekends. My wife and I had high expectations, being both from Lima, we expected the best.
As an avid cook at home, I always want to try dishes I cannot make. These dishes were
Cebiche de pescado (raw white fish marinated in lime juice), Seco de Carne (Beef Stew),
Peruvian Tamale, Anticucho de Corazon (Bbq pieces of beef heart) and Papa with Huancaina sauce.

First, the Cebiche was very good although the portion size was too small for the amount of money paid. Luckily the fish was not marinated too long; we liked the fish raw in the center (that is how it is eaten in Peru nowadays like sashimi). The fish must be very fresh.
The beef in the Seco de Carne is marinated in a beer sauce and then cooked in cilantro sauce. It came with white beans puree and Creole sauce (sliced red onion marinated with lime juice). We enjoyed this dish a lot although the pieces of beef were a little chewy; the white beans puree was excellent. It was one of the best I ever tasted.
We also tried some tamale. They were excellent too and good value for the price.
Then we tried the Papa with Huancaina sauce. Huancaina sauce is made with a yellow chili (called aji mirasol) and queso fresco, plus a few extra secret ingredients. This dish was good and worth trying.
Lastly we tried the Anticuchos. They are pieces of beef heart marinated in a vinegar and panca chili mixture overnight and then grilled. We had high expectations for this dish, but we were not impressed when we tried them. There were a bit chewy and need it some salt too. I forgot to tell them that we like them medium inside. Not too cooked and not too raw. Medium is just right.

Overall, The Inka Deli is a nice place to try authentic homey Peruvian food with a personal and friendly service.
Inca Deli deserves a 3 star rating because I know what Peruvian food is supposed to taste like and they have a lot still to improve on.

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