Coya Peruvian Secret


My wife and I have been here for lunch many times in recent years mostly when the place was known as Cafe Secret. The business changed hands a little while back but the business name didn’t get passed on hence the new name which I like. Maria and Piotr the new owners are doing a great job keeping things the same but adding new stuff too. We rode our bikes a few miles from home on Sunday specifically to have lunch here on a beautiful Southern California day.

Rodrigo our server looked us after from the moment we walked in because he remembered us from our last visit. It was a bit hot today so the nice tall glasses of cold water and a complimentary bowl of Pinon Nuts Rodrigo fetched for us while sitting at our shaded table was greatly appreciated. My wife wanted a Chicken Empanada and I ordered a Beef Empanada. They are huge Empanadas for only $8 each. My wife thought we should go halves on an Organic Quinoa Tamale.

I also ordered a tall glass of fresh squeezed Passion Lime Aide. We always enjoy eating here because the place has a wonderful old world vibe plus the food and service are really good ! My beautiful looking ice cold Passion Lime Aide came out and tasted so refreshing. Our huge Empanadas arrived soon after with their usual side of fresh Baby Spinach Leaves. They tasted full of good quality ingredients and were full of rich flavor. The pastry texture is fantastic !

Our Organic Quinoa Tamale dish was brought out by Rodrigo. It had lots of color with a couple of Fried Eggs & Baby Spinach Leaves on the side….it’s usually a breakfast dish. We shared it and it tasted pretty decent. It was a bit different from a regular Tamale in that it wasn’t wrapped in a Masa dough as my wife explained to me. Our lunch was very enjoyable and we thanked Rodrigo for his wonderful service. A great cafe which is always near the top of our list !

Restaurant Details


1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 b/t 12th St & 11th St


(858) 792 0821

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Michael Burke

Michael Burke

I'm an expat Aussie ( now a naturalized American citizen ) who moved to Southern California in 2006 with my American born wife Sherri. I like to write reviews about the most memorable restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, brew pubs and anything new that we find in our travels. I particularly look for excellent food & beverage consistency, good value for money plus friendly service.
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