Name: Fusion Peruvian Grill
Location: 45 N B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
For my birthday, we decided to try out this Peruvian place in downtown San Mateo. The bar is in the front, while the restaurant is in the back. We went for an early dinner on a Wednesday, so the place wasn’t bustling bar-wise, but the restaurant area was certainly full of reservations. Customers were a mix of families, date-night couples, and younger people looking like they were coming with co-workers directly from work.
To start, we got the sampler appetizer plate, comprised of (starting top right going clockwise) fried yuca, choritos a la chalaca (mussels), calamari, and antichucos (beef heart skewers). The fried yuca tasted like potatoes, albeit rather hard. The choritos a la chalaca was tasty, as was the calamari. My favorite was the antichucos – it had a nice, smoky sauce to it and the meat was very tender.
For one entree, we got the arroz con mariscos (paella)- sautéed calamari, scallop, prawns, black mussels, baby shrimp, clams, fish, garlic, cilantro, aji amarillo, white wine, carnaroli rice and salsa criolla. It had enough flavor, but the overall taste was not memorable enough to order again.