My weakness for paella was glaring when I chose it over the jalea, a breaded variety of seafood with a sauce including peppers, onions and garlic.
They do offer jalea as an appetizer, so that would be an option for a future visit.
The paella though was outstanding. The saffron-infused rice was filled with calamari, shrimp and mussels. Chiles added a subtle kick to it, but wasn’t nearly as spicy as the ari amarillo.
Though the paella was my first choice, I saw many other items I could have chosen, including several different types of ceviche and a version of saltado that included pasta.
Bingham never returned to Machu Picchu after his discovery, instead settling for a career as a senator and lecturer.
I will not make the same mistake at Casa Inka. I want to rediscover the restaurant as often as possible. There are still many mountains of taste that await me.
ADDRESS: 8610 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley
PHONE: (714) 847-7555
SPECIALTY DISH: Lomo Saltado
ALCOHOL SERVED: Beer and wine
ENTRÉE PRICE RANGE: $9.95 to $22.50
FAMILY FRIENDLY: yes three-item children’s menu
CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED: Discover, Visa and MasterCard
RATING: *** 1/2 out of 4
JOHN REGER reviews restaurants for the Independent.