Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Alma Cocina

Finding myself in the Bay Area the night before my birthday meant that I had to make an important decision; where to have my birthday dinner. Given logistics, I narrowed it down to somewhere that was comfortable and affordable, and close to the yellow BART line.

With that in mind, I'm glad to have made a discovery in the relatively new Peruvian restaurant, Alma Cocina, located in Mission.

M & I are always down to have Peruvian food. I suppose it comes down to a sprinkle of nostalgia for us, having hiked in Peru last September. Alma Cocina fit our low-key nostalgia & celebratory vibe perfectly.

Their menu is not large, but everything we tried was very good. For starters, the BBQ ribs:

BBQ Ribs
Crispy ribs, tossed in their rich BBQ sauce, complete with crunchy cartilage...I loved it. A perfectly sized appetizer for two; any more would have been overkill given the complexity of the flavours.

Moving onto the mains, we shared half a chicken with sides:

Pollo a La Brasa
The rotisserie chicken tempts you from behind the counter of the open kitchen. It's not hard to see why this appeared to be the most popular order on the menu. Crispy skin, juicy tender meat, and a heavy-on-the-garlic marinade made for a great roast chicken.

Yucca Fries
This was accompanied by the crunchiest yucca fries I've ever had, and a serving of vegetables (for balance of course).
Side Vegetables
I washed it all down with a gigantic glass of California Cabernet Sauvignon and at that moment, all was right in the world.

We hadn't brought much of an appetite (traveling does that to us sometimes), but we couldn't leave without having dessert. More specifically, a dense slice of gluten-free dark chocolate cake. With a candle for the occasion.

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake
This was washed down with a glass of sparkling. 

I can't recommend Alma Cocina enough. It's almost enough to make me want to move back to SF, just to get back into the amazing food scene. The dishes were delicious and affordable, the vibes were laid back, and the service was absolutely stellar (shout out to Jose in particular for keeping me buzzed, and also for letting me practice my terrible Spanish).

SF, every time I'm back, I miss you more. Happy birthday to me.

Alma Cocina
2801 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Mon - Sun 11:30am - 10:00pm