Peruvian & Columbian Food.
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.
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!
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).
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
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.
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!
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.
I was shocked to find authentic Peruvian food. I have been craving anticucho since I first tried it in Peru and could not duplicate the green sauce (Huacatay as I recently learned).
I've tried the fried cassava, lomo saltado, steak and fries, and a creamy soup with cassava, corn and pork? The food is uniquely delicious, makes me feel good and the portions are generous! The ambiance and food makes me feel like I'm in eating a home cooked meal prepared by my aunt and uncle!
Peruvian TV playing in the background, Peruvian soft drinks in the fridge, fresh home made Peruvian pastries in the glass display case... I don't even feel like I'm in the lower mainland. It's a refreshing short escape.
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