937 Harrison street
San Francisco, CA 94107 USA
Telephone. (415) 278-0480
Fax. (415) 278-0418
Peruvian, New Latin American
Chef / Owner. Carlos Altamirano
Meals served. Lunch and Dinner
serves a truly unique, distinctive, and delicious Peruvian cuisine.
Chef/owner Carlos Altamirano`s cooking addresses San Francisco sophisticated
taste, it is suave and sensitive, coaxing the sexiest textures from the
authentic Peruvian ingredients. This place is one of the best Peruvian
restaurants in San Francisco.
"San Francisco’s latest upscale Peruvian, this inviting SoMa entrant
overcomes an “awkward location” just off the freeway with a colorful,
contemporary interior and chef-owner Carlos Altamirano’s arsenal of
spice-laced apps and entrees; highlights include five “really good”
varieties of seviche and the national dish, lomo saltado (a stir-fry of
steak strips, onions, tomatoes and potatoes)."
- Zagat Survey
his dream of becoming a chef, Altamirano made his way from Peru to New York
in 1992. After working for two years there, he came to San Francisco and
went on to work with some of the city's best known chefs: Reed Hearon at
Rose Pistola and Restaurant Lulu, Bob Helstrom of Grand cafe and Kuleto's,
David and Anne Gingrass at Hawthorne Lane and as a member of Bradley Ogden's
brigade at One Market Restaurant.
opened Mochica in January 2004. And people have begun flocking to his south
of Market location, where love and respect of great food is evident.
Although Altamirano's cooking incorporates techniques and presentation he
was taught along the way, his food is always made with authentic Peruvian
ingredients, many of them brought to him regularly from Peru, which
contributes to the great taste of this amazing Latin American cuisine.