May 11th, 2013

Mixtura, Somerville

Mixtura serves “Latin Fusion cuisine” which is to say that they have a blend of Peruvian, Salvadorian and Mexican dishes on their menu, in addition to standard breakfast items all day long.

The space is bright and cheerful. My dining companion and I started with an appetizer sampler ($10) that consisted of 2 pupusas (one cheese, one beef), a chicken tamale, cabbage slaw and chips with guacamole and salsa. I also ordered a beef empanada ($4), as I had read they were quite good. And it was – the crust was tender and the filling was delicious. I enjoyed the pupusas, although the ones I had at Chifa in Philly were better. The chicken tamale was excellent as well - flavorful chicken encased in cornmeal.

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We shared the Salvadorian carne asada ($13) for an entrée. The skirt steak was cooked to medium rare and had great flavor. The side of rice and beans was also tasty, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the accompanying avocado slices and queso fresco. I attempted to make a taco with the thick hand-made corn tortillas, but that was a structural integrity failure.

carne asada

Our friendly server convinced us to try the flan ($4) for dessert, insisting it was excellent. He was wrong; the texture was completely wrong. It was firm from over baking and bore no resemblance to the silky custard I expected.


The prices are extremely affordable and even though our server led us astray with the flan, he was still attentive and friendly. It’s right across from Petsi’s Pie, so that would be a much better option for dessert.