Mochikase Cafe imports food products that are typically used in Peruvian cuisine and also special foods that are eaten during different holidays and special occasions throughout the year. The signature food product is Sacha Inchi. Mochikase prepares authentic Peruvian dishes with quality imported ingredients. Our signature dishes are typical of what you would find in Peru.
Okay, so this place is located inside an auto detailing shop. A garage. That's right, walk too fast and you'll miss it. Also, during the weekdays, it's just a regular cafe. Only on the weekends it magically transforms into a Peruvian cafe.
The chef/cook there seems to be real Peruvian and we ran into another Peruvian happily eating there, so it seems like it is the real deal. It's a real small place though, so don't be expecting any large parties and it is kitted out just like, well, a cafe.
Menu is pretty decent. Some appetizers, mostly in $4-10 range. The main entrees are about $12-15 or so. Not amazingly cheap, but not too bad. Quality wise, it is quite good. They do a reasonably decent job with the presentation as well.
But ... is it mind blowing? Hmm... sadly no.
If you're looking for really good Peruvian food, I would say El Inka wins hands down. Plus its cheaper and it has a larger menu (though occasionally mixed with Columbian stuff). And the hours are way more accessible. The only way these guys compete is i) El Inka is no where near here and ii) the stuff Mochika's serves is completely different than El Inka. There are almost no common items.
I'll give it a tentative thumbs up. I mean, I do get good food here that is relatively unique in this town, so it is worth a trip at least once and probably 2 or 3 times, just to sample the entire menu. But if I really had a craving for Peruvian after that, I'd go hit El Inka.
Got a coupon from Groupon and jumped at the chance to try this place on Friday. The place is inside the auto detailing place as described, but easy to find and easy to find meter parking. It required reservations as part of the coupon but easy to see why, with only room for about 16 diners in the place. We went early (5:30) and 5/6 tables were already reserved. The kitchen is open and at the end of the space and it was quite warm there, so I asked if we could leave the door open for a bit, which was fine. Service wasn't speedy but, then again, the kitchen space is small and has one chef. It wasn't horribly slow either, but don't go if you are in a rush.
We had looked online and read some reviews to help make our menu choices and went with the chicharron sandwich and ceviche, Chupe de Mariscos and Pollo a la Parilla. The sandwich wasn't on the menu (although it is online) but we asked for it. It was very good, sweet pork, a sauce with a bit of heat and yam chips on a crusty little bun. The sauce was rather oily so, while it was very good with the bread, I might go for the non-bread version of chicharron to avoid soaking up some of that oil. I have never had ceviche before but this was a nice introduction. Shrimp, a mussel, small squids (cut up), lots of tender fish and a sweet potato and corn. The sauce had a little bit of heat to it and citrusy. The chupa comes in 2 sizes ($10 and $14). I had the 10 which was a good-sized bowl and filled to the brim. It was delicious with a bit more heat than the other dishes. I couldn't finish it but recommend it: spicy with really flakey fish (very good), an unshelled shrimp, a mussel, a clam, plus rice and potato. The pollo dish was the most basic dish and is traditionally served with fries (but they are skin on, thick fries, like hand-cut, so not bad). The chicken had a a rub or paste on the skin which was tasty, the cilantro sauce was cilantro-y but the salad was essentially iceberg with the dressing (which was also good).
We were too full for dessert and, although I would have liked a little more heat to the dishes, I would definitely go back and try some other menu items, without a coupon.
The Ceviche Mixto appetizer was very good. I give it 4 out of 5.
But the entree which was Arroz con Mariscos was way too salty. Had no kick at all. I'm not Peruvian, but when I googled how this dish should be made, it sounds like it should have some spice to it.
Unfortunately, the dish that I got was all salt and grease and no spice.
Couldn't return the entree as I got it for takeout.
Excellent food! My friends mentioned how fantastic the BBQ chicken was, they were right!. It tastes like organic chicken!. Excellent "Causa" (better than The Inka deli). Beautiful dish presentation. Although the location is not easily accessible, it is worth the trip if you don't live in Vancouver. I strongly recommend to give it try, once you do, you'll be hooked!