7001 Sunne Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Why did we dine here? – Parada is a Peruvian restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek, just a block from the BART station.
Carlos Altamirano, best known for La Costanera in Half Moon Bay, is the chef. His track record made selecting this place, a no brainer. They also run Piqueos, Mochica, and Sanguchon.
Insider Tip – The food is cheaper at lunch.
Cuisine – Peruvian
Location – Downtown Walnut Creek
Opened – 2015
Service – Parada had decent service, no worries about guidance, pacing or water refills.
Verdict – Parada shows that there is solid ethnic food way out in the suburbs. Be sure to try it if you are nearby and like Peruvian.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Parada Signature Dishes – Cebiches, Paella, Anticuchos
Parada’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with 6 starters, 3 cebiches, 3 skewers, 3 Chicharrones, Sandwiches, and 8 large plates.
Parada Food Picks:
Complementary Cancha or corn nuts.
Cebiche Mixto ($16.50) Calamari, mussels and clams in rocoto leche de tigre was good, but very spicy. Ample quantity but just 2 shrimp.
Chicken Anticuchos ($13) or Skewers Peru inspired Kart street vendor grilled skewers, marinated in panca paste and Peruvian spices were also very good. Very tender chicken.
Fried Plantains ($8) were simple but tasty.
Seafood Paella ($20) Peruvian style seafood paella, Bomba rice, saffron-paprika base, and Peruvian beer was a little different than a Spanish version at Belota, that we had recently. Also a very good dish with lots of seafood and a nice balance of flavors.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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