Mantaro The Original Peruvian Restaurant

57 Sct. Tobias St. cor. Sct. Limbaga St., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Mantaro The Original Peruvian Restaurant
4.5
4.5 Stars

15 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 5
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 15 Reviews
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Category:
Peruvian
Phone
+639052299605

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Mike L.
5.0 Stars

I finally found the best Latin style roasted chicken128020 in (the far side) town! The owner / chef is Japanese who lived in Peru and the wife is a very charming Filipina who both are very hands on. Service of course was impeccable. But oh boy - the roasted chicken was cooked to perfection. It was so tender! The marinate really seeped thru the meat that made it flavorful. Order the ceviche as appetizer.128076🏽 Senors, this will definitely drive you loco loco. 🙃 Btw, don't mind my pic. 128513

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Gerald G.
5.0 Stars

Had a chance to try the Beef Kababs from Mantaro, and to say that these were the second best skewered meat (the first being a random BBQ stick I tried in Korea), I've ever tasted would not be an overstatement. They were tender, juicy, flavorful and cooked just right. No wonder they keep running out of these so early in the day.

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars

Ceviche de Pescado with fresh mahi-mahi, onions, cilantro, red sili, choclo, yukon, lemon and my guess, purée of a tropical fruit, by Peruvian Chef Luis Higa. 127775127775127775127775127775

Not in the photo:
1/2 Pollo papa Fritas. Roasted chicken.

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Hay sarap! Thank you very much Cj A for the recommendation. I've actually passed this several times but never really thought to stop by. Having some time to spare in the area I consulted other | people where we could have dinner. Salamat sa mga taong matakaw because we enjoyed our dinner.

People might consider this as a hole-in-the-wall restaurant considering they barely decorated the place. Aside from the foreign chef, the type of people eating here is a stark contrast to the interiors, with one table chauffeured in a car most of us will never afford to buy. This is also in a nice, wide street, not too busy like the main ones.

The restaurant is very small. Maybe just 2-3 small tables inside and a couple more al fresco. We were offered to sit inside but we preferred to eat outside on a still cool early March night. Plus we were warned by CJ that there is almost no exhaust inside. I'm also a bit apprehensive with the crime scene in QC and I'm glad the restaurant is elevated that eating outdoors seemed safe enough.

The menu is very simple. I wish we ordered more. Unfortunately the H and I don't eat much during dinner and we wanted to leave room for dessert. We were hoping to get a pisco sour but they didn't have it. We were in tambay/inuman mode Pinoy style with their available San Miguel Pale Pilsen in a bottle.

Something that must be prepared with really fresh fish, this dish is deeply rooted in Peruvian cuisine. This is their national dish. If you have been a fan of Top Chef there was a season the contestants plated so many versions of ceviche they made a montage of it. Our own local version is called Kilawin, made with vinegar and calamansi. This Peruvian version, however, wins hands down for me, as its light and bright, compared to the Kilawins predominantly vinegar-y taste.

That ceviche was indeed amazing. Fresh, right amount of acidity and sweetness, with that burst of flavor from the cilantro and lemon. The mahi-mahi was succulent. Look at the vibrant color of this one! The choclo, those large Peruvian corn kernels, provided a nice crunch. The kernel is so large it's as big as the nails on my fingers. Almost. I'm guessing this is imported because I've never seen it grown nor sold here. That sweet potato with a dish like this was a first for me and it went so well with the fish. It helped balance the spice from the peppers and brought out the character of the whole dish. I wish my plate had more than 1 piece of kamote. We don't eat a lot of rice so this was perfect for is.

The half roasted chicken was so huge! We should've just ordered the quarter one. Moist and good. I've had better though. But you get your money's worth with the serving size. We ate this with fries. It came with an almost dry chimichurri, an aoli dip and spicy mayo. We occasionally dipped the chicken and fries in the ceviche sauce.

What I'd like to try when I come back is their Arroz con Mariscos and the Pulpo Al Olivo (octopus and crackers!). The other table did and if I had space in my belly we would've asked for it too.

Mr. & Mrs. Higa and friend were very accommodating. I told them we came here upon he recommendation of a friend. We really liked eating something that wasn't soaked in oil. Price is right for the food that was served.

PS. Mantaro is a river in Peru.

#50ksummergiveaway

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Mich M.
4.0 Stars

I've known this place to be exactly the same as Don Andres along Sgt. Esguerra and just wanted to try it after a long time.

Came here late at night for dinner, service is great and they recommend their best sellers. We got the Pollo a la brasa which was roasted chicken with chimichurri sauce, garlic mayo and one more orange sauce plus coleslaw. Got the 1/2 chicken serving an it was just enough for 2 of us, really enjoyed the tender meat and sauces to choose from, sulit!

It's an easy choice, will be back soon.

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Pinky L.
5.0 Stars

A friend brought us here last Friday for lunch. The restaurant was small but don't let that fool you into thinking that the food would be sub par!

Ceviche Pescado 1108811088110881108811088
Lengua with mashed potatoes 1108811088110881108811088
Arroz ala Mariscos (seafood rice) 1108811088110881108811088
Lomo Saltado (Peruvian version of steak and fries) 1108811088110881108811088

Can't wait to bring my husband here!

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Carie Y.
4.0 Stars

Their pulpo dish is a MUST! (Haven't had a great pulpo dish ever in the Phil). This for me is their bestseller! The 2nd is their kinilaw, yummy! We also ordered their roasted chicken ( tasty skin!) and the fish with shrimp and parmesan. The place is small but you can already smell the food even below the stairs. Definitely will go back.

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Heni O.
5.0 Stars

Never mind the crowded and mausok indoor space, the food alone is worth a visit. Amazing food, service and accommodating owners- Winner!!!

If you're having a hard time ordering, here's what we normally get. (Gutom na ako!!)

127860Appetizer:
Ceviche de Pescados
or Ceviche Mixto (mix seafood kilawin)

127860Mains:
Arroz con Mariscos (Seafood Paella)
Pollo con Arroz (Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken)
Lomo Saltado (Beef)

127860Dessert:
Lemon pie

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Isha S.
4.0 Stars

I remember the first time we chanced upon this place. I was with Kath A and another workmate and we were aimlessly walking around looking for somewhere to eat. We climbed up the steps to the restaurant but was politely informed they were booked for the evening and we had no choice but to look for food somewhere else. 128546 Luckily, a few nights after, Kath and I were craving chicken after a boxing session but Kath's choice Señor Pollo was sure to be full and we didn't have the time or patience that night to be waitlisted. Our tummies grumbled and growled in agreement. It was then we remembered this seemingly inconspicuous hole in the wall restaurant located a bit of a distance from the main road. It's located along Scout Tobias, near Estrel's. They serve Peruvian cuisine and what obviously caught our attention - their Pollo A La Brasa (rotisserie chicken served Peruvian style). We hurriedly went straight for it.

The place is kind of cramped with only three tables enough for around 10 people inside, as well as a few tables on the balcony-ish area outside as well. The kitchen and food prep area is right beside you if you choose to dine inside so you'll definitely smell all the spices and flavors in real time. The menu is in a different language and it was fun having one of the owners (I assume) explain to us what each item on the menu meant and give us suggestions and personal recommendations. Prices ranged from 100-300+ pesos, with a choice few being 400+ pesos. Don't worry, the more expensive dishes are good for sharing!

We finally settled on their 1/4 chicken served with your choice of rice or fries. I picked fries. The food was served with three sauces including garlic mayo and chimichurri. There was also a purple side dish thingy (replaced with coleslaw during my last visit). All this for 185 pesos only! The chicken was delightfully tender, flavorful and not dry. I could taste the spices right down to the meat. Plus the chicken and the fries tasted great with their three sauces. 128525

I've also had their Ceviche De Pescado (280 pesos) which is like our Filipino kilawin. Raw fish (mahi-mahi) swimming in lemon juice topped with onions, chili, unpopped popcorn kernels and served with sweet potato slices. Wonderful, strong flavors! 128077

I've actually been back to this restaurant several times since I've first tried it and have never been disappointed. I definitely recommend it for a decidedly cheaper alternative to more expensive restaurants serving Peruvian cuisine. This place might not offer much in terms of looks, but it definitely delivers a punch in terms of flavors and value for money!

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Liz M.
5.0 Stars

The food is delicious! We have the Ceviche de Pescado, Lomo Saltado and Pollo ala Braza and it was D E V I N E! A MUST TRY place to eat. Cozy and pretty laid back ambience. Just remember that if you plan to dine after 7pm you have to atleast book to secure seats. We got there by 7.05pm and in less than 20mins, they were packed and some people had to wait about 10-20mins. 5/5 stars!

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Mimbi E.
3.0 Stars

We ordered the lengua and it was ok. We were informed that the servings were good for two. Nope!

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Roy T.
4.0 Stars

400th review and I'm doing this in HK! Milestone 128514

A hole in the wall peruvian cuisine restaurant goes with the name Mantaro. Isha S, Kath A, and I knew our priorities too well and decided to ditch after-work gym sessions with this foodtrip session. We were supposed to dine at 49 Heirloom Kitchen only to find out they don't accept walk in transactions because they were reserved on a Sat night 128530 by reserved, the whole resto was essentially closed because of a private function. What's worse is that the newly opened (and renovated) All Day Breakfast, right beside it, also had a similar thing. It was really disappointing. 128530

We ended up at Mantaro, it's my first time while their second visit already. I think this is an authentic restaurant - the moment we went inside, we can already smell the mix of aromas from the different spices they use, as well as, that roast chicken smell. We sure smelled Peruvian after dining there! 128517 The owner whom I heard is Peruvian is usually the one who cooks the food. During our visit, the chef looked Filipino. Idk where the orig chef was. The owner's wife was very accommodating and was really hands on. She took our orders and gave us her personal favorites.

We got the Cerviche de Pescado and the 1/4 Peruvian Chicken with that purple salad-ish side dish that tasted a bit weird. Haha! So the Cerviche is the peruvian counterpart of our kilawin. Basically raw mahi-mahi swimming in lemon juice with potatoes, onions, some chilis, and those unpopped popcorn that sure gave a contrasting texture to the fish. I liked this dish! They did not use vinegar to soak the fish in, and instead lemon a more organic counterpart.128077🏻

The chicken was also good. I will always love the chimichurri! Too bad, it was limited and we were told we had to shell out an extra 30 bucks to have more! I was disappointed because they initially gave us only one serving when there were three of us. That sure wouldn't be enough 128563 good thing we asked why only one, and they immediately gave us another serving.

Hmmm, as comparison with Senor Pollo's. This is a cheaper counterpart. You can have this to escape the long lines and the smoky place you get from Senor Pollo. I like Senor Pollo's chicken more but this is pretty close, imo. 128517

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Kitch G.
5.0 Stars

Place is small, maximum 20 customers.

Food is amazing and super sulit. Loved the chicken, paella, beef with veggies, and the super yummy passion fruit cheesecake! 128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻

Service is good as the owner herself takes the orders and the cook is Peruvian.

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Melody T.
4.0 Stars

Really great Peruvian dishes! The wife of the owner was super friendly and accommodating that we felt right at home. She recommended the Ceviche de Pescado (kinilaw in short) for starters and I was a bit iffy about it at first because I don't eat raw food but my friend wanted to try it so what the heck! I just prayed really hard I won't get food poisoning lol. To my surprise the dish was really really good! They used mahi-mahi that day and lots of lime & lemon for the sauce. Perfect balance of tangy/acidity to the dish, and the raw fish wasn't icky. I liked the Peruvian corn kernels (they're like unpopped popcorn), they added crunch to the dish.

The Peruvian Chicken was just alright for me, I liked the aji sauce and the chimichurri that came with it. The Lomo Saltado (beef dish) was very tasty. A bit salty so this would be perfect to pair with rice. Overall a really great experience. 128077🏻

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Cj A.
5.0 Stars

My girlfriend and I love chicken. We've been big fans of the popular chicken joints that have been popping out of nowhere, including the Peruvian resto near our place. We got disappointed when we heard that the chef there left and we thought we'll never get to taste those amazing chicken that he cooked. Thank God for looloo, we discovered he has his own resto now and we just had to find Mantaro right away.

The place is small, but got a homey vibe. We love how the girl who served us, who we assume to be the chef's wife, warmly took care of us and even suggested what's good on the menu. We ordered our favorites Pollo con Papas and Arroz con Mariscos. The chicken was very tender as usual, and the flavor is still scrumptious. The taste permeates to the meat, which makes it perfect. We also love the dips that comes with it.

Of course, their Arroz con Mariscos is still stellar, as usual. This is a personal favorite because it has a generous amount of seafood, the seafood are cooked right, and they're fresh. It's so good, I'm drooling right now as I type!

But the scene-stealer of the show is Ceviche de Pescados. My. God. Why didn't we order this before? We almost missed ordering this, but thank God we were so famished because we just came from a bookstore warehouse sale (ang daming tao sobra!) and we thought 2 dishes won't satisfy our hunger. Soooobrang sarap. The fish was fresh, the sauce has the right acidity, the sweet potatoes that's on the dish made the flavors balanced, and the dried corn kernels (or whatever you call it) added texture to the dish. The chef's wife even told us that she loves it so much, she can finish 2 servings. And we believe her! It's just that awesome!

People should flock here, stat. It gets packed though, but it's worth the trip and the wait. They have siesta, by the way. They open at 11:30AM and then closes at 2:30 PM for their siesta break, and they open again around 5:30PM I think. And they're closed on Mondays. So when's the perfect time to go here? NOW.

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Tin R.
5.0 Stars

This is the original peruvian cuisine 128077 The chef from Don Andres is now the chef/co owner of Mantaro that explains why this is the original peruvian cuisine. Super yummy and very affordable. The picture provided is the 1/4 polo con aroz with 3 sauces which is just P165!!! The sauces are ultimately the best. A must try! 128522

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