La Panka Brasas Peruanas features a menu with selections that include roasted chicken, burgers, anticuchos, and more.
I decided to try their Hamburguesa a la Huaracina (29 soles), with mushrooms and cheese and a sauce that covered the underside of the top bun.
I ordered it to go, and I raced home to ensure that the fries weren’t soggy and moist from the steam trapped in their packaging, and to my surprise the fries container had air vents to prevent the sogginess of the fries. Good idea.
The burger was amazing, and served with 3 different sauces. I added the yellow sauce, a mild ají being my guess, to the burger and it was divine.
I dipped my fries in the yellow and the white sauces – the white sauce looked like ranch but wasn’t – both sauces went perfectly with the fries.
The burger was filling, and the patty looked to be housemade, which is always appreciated. They put the toppings (lettuce and tomatoes) below the patty, which I thought was odd, but the lettuce formed a moisture barrier for the bottom piece of bun, preventing it from getting overly soggy from the burger juices. So it worked.
I’ll definitely be back to La Panka soon to try more of their menu items, and to get more of their dipping sauces. Nom nom.