Established in 2012, Mancora Peruvian Restaurant has been bringing the global craze for mighty Andean and South American Pacific cuisine to Sydney for some time, and having struck upon a winning formula it’s here to stay. Mancora is the passion project of owner and head chef Joe Leon, who works closely with local organic suppliers to supplement his own growing and foraging so he can bring the freshest and finest produce to table in brilliant demonstrations of the breadth of depth at the heart of Peruvian food. Come take in authentic ceviche and causa, plus a whole galaxy more, at Mancora’s Marrickville restaurant down Addison Road.
The staff were friendly and the restaurant was clean, but it was cold inside and the food was very overpriced and nothing special. There was a limited menu, no dessert options or coffee/tea available and we were told they don't serve alcohol (although the table next to us had glasses of wine). There wasn't any reason for us to stay longer than the meal. It was strange because the walls were bare and made it look like the restaurant had just opened, perhaps they were renovating but we weren't informed. The website makes it look like a fully functional restaurant - it even has a better menu - but the reality was nothing like that. Very disappointing.
The place had a nice ambience. Having travelled to Peru quite a few times, this food really took me back there. The food portions were quite generous and absolutely delicious.
I found the food to be very good and authentically Peruvian, however, it was very cold in the restaurant and the food arrived cold. It was the middle of winter and there was no heating, so all of my friends and I ate with their jackets on, and in my case wore my gloves. Certainly not an overall pleasurable dining experience. They need more wait staff, as service was a bit lackluster, and does not match the prices which you are paying. Would I go back? Not sure.
Mancora is a unique proposition in Sydney’s restaurant scene. Even as Peruvian cuisine (and ceviche in particular) has taken off as a global foodie phenomenon, Mancora holds the mantle as one of Sydney’s first truly Peruvian restaurants. Still fresh-faced, but certainly something of a veteran, Joe Leon’s flagship down Addison Road in Marrickville remains a top destination for Andean eats in the city, offering up a menu that covers delicacies that call the Peruvian Pacific coast, the high-altitude Andes, or the humid Amazon regions home.
You’d be foolish to book at Mancora Peruvian Restaurant and not try their signature ceviche or causa dishes. Using nothing but the freshest catch, the ceviche at this Marrickville restaurant comes in classic form or as a mixed seafood version. Only organic potatoes (and there are thousands of Peruvian species of the humble tuber) make their way into the causas, served with aji amarillo, avocado and mayonnaise and filled with either with tuna, chicken, or octopus. An incredible selection of meaty, seafood-dominant, and vegetarian dishes follow through, including Leon’s chef’s specials, again unmissable should you be lucky enough to grab a spot at this ever-popular Peruvian restaurant down Addison Road.