Ladies and gentlemen, Daniel Walker.
There is certainly no shortage of ethnic food in the city of Irving. The city’s streets are packed with restaurants offering nearly every cultural experience one could ask for. However, the sheer number of tiny, home-grown, authentic ethnic restaurants makes weeding out the good from the bad a rather daunting task to say the least. Luckily, this week I had a little help from my friends.
Recently, a friend of mine recommended we try a little Peruvian place deep in the mix of the south Irving food scene. Having lived in Peru for a couple years, his quest for authentic and exemplary Peruvian cuisine in the Dallas area has been a long and tedious one. However, he assured me that El Tesoro del Inca was the best he had found. I’ll admit that Peruvian cuisine is not something I am entirely familiar with, but after only one visit here, I am wondering how I went so long without it.
Each dish was a unique and wonderful experience in itself. The owner explained the Peruvian cooking draws its flavors from the traditional spices of South America but also incorporates the classic elements of Chinese cuisine. This blend of cultures creates some of the most outstanding and unforgettable dishes I’ve eaten in years.
While many plates at our table were noteworthy, the classic Peruvian dish, Lomo Saltado, really stole the show. It begins with tender, succulent beef, sautéed with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, chopped garlic, parsley, soy sauce and a number of other spices. The entire mix is thrown over a bed of house-made French fries and served with a side of fluffy white rice. I would have never guessed that this interesting blend of ingredients would have played together so well, but the final result was simply divine. The crispiness of the fries, the soft white rice, the sweetness of charred tomato, the saltiness of the soy-infused beef all made for a flavor as marvelous as Machu Pichu. This is one dish not to be missed.
No slouch either was the Peruvian roasted chicken, Pollo a la Brasa. The chicken arrived at our table steaming hot and juicy, the tender skin is spice-rubbed and golden brown. Another dish which did not last long on the table.
So next time you have a hankering for something different, make the short excursion to this little Peruvian gem. It may not look like much from the outside, but inside lays a treasure vast enough to appease any culinary conquistador.
El Tesoro del Inca
733 N. Belt Line Dr.
Irving, TX 75061