Tuesday, March 18, 2008

La Carreta Peruvian Restaurant

La Carreta
340 East 1200 South
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 229-2696

We called ahead for our crowd of 18 or so and they were willing to seat us at 11am (they open at 11:30am). A crowd like that can get a small place behind on the lunch rush and this gets us out quicker so it was great for both parties. When we arrived they had a bunch of tables all pushed together and ready for us. The staff was friendly and happy to help us. The chips and salsa are fabulous with thick, crunchy chips and salsa that has some heat but also flavor.

A couple of dishes to consider when you go: The Bisteck a la Carreta is a thin steak marinated in grapefruit and then brought sizzling to your table, it is fabulous and should not be missed. The saltado and tallarin saltados are an excellent combination of beef with onions and tomatoes. They have a seviche (raw fish in lemon juice) that is fabulous. The dish tastes so fresh with the fish and veggies and I was surprised how much I liked it. Bisteck a lo Pobre is a tasty combination of fried eggs and steak that with the rice to soak it all up tastes hearty. Another favorite is Jalea de Pescado which is breaded, fried fish on top of a mixture of lettuce, potatoes, and some shrimp. The 'salad' and fish are great together and didn't leave me hungry.

The whole experience was fabulous. They were constantly refilling drinks and salsa. They made recommendations on dishes and fielded questions with some great conversation. Some people tried some of the Peruvian drinks they offer and reported that they were tasty too.

The atmosphere is casual but clean and nice. Kids are welcome and comfortable and they have some interesting Peruvian twists on kid meals that my kids eat. Highly recommended for any occasion. They have a back room for birthday parties and such if you prefer it. Order anything above or ask for recommendations, they'll take good care of you.