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La Choza Peruvian and Mexican Food
Ranked #168 of 452 Restaurants in Temecula
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

I saw the sign for this place that said Peruvian food. I am always open to try different things. The flavor was good. It was freshly cooked I watched other dishes leave the kitchen that looked appetizing and generous in portions. I think I will try the ceviche next time. The breakfast burrito also sounded good

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Do yourself a favor while in the little strip mall with the car wash--- and get your lunch at La Choza. I suggest the Lomo Saltado. The décor is what you would expect from a "slightly better than fast-food" place, but the deliciousness makes up for it's lack of visual appeal.

Thank donraymundo
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Wonderful, authentic, delicious Mexican and Peruvian food! I don't really like fish tacos, and my friend talked me into trying them, and they were so delicious (with fresh lime) that I wanted more! Same thing with the Plantains, soooo good! :) A great atmosphere and great service. The staff were very helpful and worked hard to make sure everything was just right. I can't wait to go back for more!!!

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Thank oceanserenity3
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Reviewed 29 August 2015

In Peru they treat their Ceviche with the outmost respect. Besides the well known fact that Peruvian Cuisine ranks high in the culinary world, over there they are very careful what they serve their patrons, because word of mouth can and very well destroy a place reputation. I guess what I am trying to convey is that were good food is concerned, people accepts nothing but the best!
In the USA good Peruvian restaurants are hard to come by. Rare to find an above average Peruvian eatery. I should know, for I have spent countless of dollars, only to be disappointed, and taken for a ride monetarily, one fiasco after another in the most famous dishes that are so well made in Peru.
Enter La Choza Peruvian and Mexican Restaurant, of all places in Temecula, CA. What a nice and tasty surprise that place turned out to be when we walked in on a Friday in August around 2:30PM.
First of all it should be noted that Nena and Jorge are very nice people, efficient and respectful while dealing with us. Turned out that Jorge was the one with the magic hand when it came to preparing a very decent Ceviche, the only question he asked was: how hot or spicy? Sister requested mild, moi as hot as he could muster. Following selections were ordered in no particular order:
2 Ceviche Mixtos, $12.99 each?: Ceviches arrived well presented, Mixto means with a variety of seafood including fish. Ceviche is cooked in fresh citrus juices, perfectly marinated and dressed (salt, pepper, etc), and it comes with sweet potato, corn, etc. I, personally, can not live without a good Ceviche, and this one fit the bill. Even my sister drank the juice at the bottom of the plate, called in Peru Leche de Tigre (tiger's milk), Jorge definitely delivered a very tasty one. 4.5 Stars.
Limo Saltado, $11.99?: another classic Peruvian dish, which consists of meat, red onions, cilantro, fresh tomatoes, French fries, and delicious white rice Peruvian style. Cooked in high fire, when prepared correctly and with good ingredients, this dish can easily become addictive to most. 4.5 Stars.
Papa a la Huancaina, $6.99?: sorry I keep putting the?, but I do not recall exactly. This dish is a traditional one in Peru, and consists of yellow chillies (very popular in Peru), Queso Fresco (fresh cheese like feta or Mexican Cacique, similar but not quite) evaporated and/or fresh milk, blended some places to silky consistency, or as in this place a little thicker, served in a bed of boiled potatoes, garnished with boil egg, kalamata type olive, and any variety of fresh lettuce. 4.5 Stars.
Chicharron de Pescado, $10.99: fish as Red Snapper, a little firm in texture, lightly breaded with herbs and spices, cut in mostly uniform squares, deep fry to crispy perfection, accompanied by cut pieces of lime (here in the U.S., for in Peru the lemons have the acidity of the limes here, and the big lemons here are way too mild), and fresh traditional onion salsa plus tartar sauce. I am so hungry right at this moment, just thinking about it. Dish arrived ready to devour, a lot of the sea morsels ready to be had. 4.5 Stars.
The fact that all this good eating took place in Temecula, well that almost brought tears to my eyes, knowing that no longer I would have to drive long and far for this kind of delicious, and why not, essential Peruvian food we definitely love. Total bill with 10% discount in Yelp, $60 plus gratuity. 4.5 Stars.

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Thank Luke17
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

This place is not fancy. While it feels like a souped up Mexican Fast Food, it does have white cloth table clothes on the tables. The owners are extremely friendly and welcoming. The real surprise is the food - excellent - whether you order a torta (sandwich), combinacion (Mexican Combination plate) or Peruvian dinner. Everything is cooked to order. I had Tacos al Pastor combinacion. I think they were the best al pastor I have ever had. My dining companion had a torta Cubana (Cuban Sandwich). It was nothing like a Cuban Sandwich in Cuba or Miami, but it was excellent. The ham was breaded and deep fried and seasoned perfectly with a little Chorizo on the bottom. It may not sound like it, but it was excellent. The prices are extremely reasonable - about $8 for a sandwich, $10 for a combination plate and $12 or 13 for a dinner.We happened upon the place for a light lunch while spending the day in the southern California wine country and we are really glad we did. We will definitely return.

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