West Orange, NJ 07052
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Public Lot
- Take Out: Yes
April 28, 2010
When a tiny restaurant covers an entire wall with a hand painted mural of another country, it usually means authentic ethnic food. At this humble 12 table Peruvian spot, the mural is a majestic view of Machu Picchu, complete with Inca warriors. The restaurant is attached to a lounge (separate entrance from the parking lot in the back), so beer and mixed drinks are available.
Misty’s Restaurant offers a large menu of Peruvian dishes – from Anticuchos (grilled veal heart kebabs) to Cau-Cau (tripe & vegetable stew). Everything is prepared fresh. Portions are large and the chef came out from the kitchen twice to make sure we had everything we needed. Our Arroz Chaufa con Pollo (Peruvian fried rice with chicken) was decent, but on the greasy side. TheCeviche de Pescado – really fresh fish lightly “cooked” in lime juice with red onion, Peruvian large kernel corn on the cob, and boiled potato -and Yuquita con Crema Huancaina (fried yuca with spicy cream sauce) stood out.
The restaurant area is nothing fancy – a television was tuned, loudly, to Mexican telenovelas – and caters mostly to local Spanish-speakers. But the menu has English translations and the server spoke English.