chica morada (purple corn tea)
It really tastes like corn tea! I can't say it was a refreshing drink, but it was quite tasty.
J and I absolutely love ceviche, so when we see one on the menu it is a must-get. The ceviche of the day was a seabass that came with sweet potatoes and seaweed. This dish had great citrus and the red onions on top were perfect in adding that extra depth of flavor. I liked the texture of the seaweed, which I think went well with the big chunks of fish. I didn't really think the sweet potatoes were necessary, I just wanted more fish.
This was my favorite dish of the night! The crab and creamy avocado go hand in hand in making this dish such a success. I thought the sweet tomatoes made this dish bright, while the potatoes had a nice spice that reminded me of nacho cheese - not kidding. It was delicious!
The lomo saltado was good, but I've definitely had better. I like the fries in my lomo to be drenched in the sauces with lots of red onions. But, the proportion for this dish was perfect for me and I loved the corn that came in the rice, it reminds me of the way my mom cooks rice.
*Side story: My mom used to cook rice three ways since we all had our preferences. My dad loves beans with his rice while my mom loves potatoes with hers. My brother and I just eat plain steamed white rice. So, in the rice cooker she would put potatoes one one side and leave the other side plain. She would then cook another batch of rice with beans in a stone hot pot for my dad, since he loves eating the crispy burnt rice at the end. Talk about SUPERWOMAN. Did I mention how much I love my mom? She did this every day after working a 10 hour work day.
Even though I was slighly disappointed with my lomo saltado, the crab causa and the seabass ceviche more than made up for it. I would come back just for that crab causa alone! I heard a lot of great things about the lamb so I'll need to come back for that. Living on the Westside really hinders my quest to dine at Downtown/Eastside restaurants, but I was glad that I got a chance to make it out to Mo-Chica as it was well worth the trip. One more downtown eatery I can finally cross off the list!
3655 S Grand AveLos Angeles, CA 90007