Lima - A Gourmet Paradise


Anticuchos [jpg] Carapulcra [jpg] CauCau [jpg] Ceviche [jpg] Escabeche de pescado [jpg] Pachamanca [jpg] Papa la Huancaina [jpg] Papa Rellena [jpg] Parihuela [jpg] Rocoto Relleno [jpg] Seco de frejoles [jpg] Aji de Gallina [jpg] Pollo a la Brasa [jpg] Cuy [jpg]
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Peru is famous for its food. Each of Peru's three regions has an enormous variety of delicious dishes, and Lima, as can be expected, is the place where you can sample them all.

Peruvian foods include an impressive array of fruits, vegetables, rice, and potatoes, as well as duck, lamb, pork, guinea-pig, seafood, and an abundance of fish. Meals are usually spiced with one of several types of "aji" (Peruvian hot pepper).

Pork, lamb and chicken were introduced to Peru 500 years ago when the Spaniards came to America. Potatoes, already being grown in the Peruvian Andes, were taken by the Spaniards back to Europe.

Today more than 200 varieties of potato can be found in the Lake Titicaca area. They range in color from purple to blue and from yellow to brown. Sizes and textures vary as well.


Marinated Grilled Beef Heart

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Dried and diced potatoes with pork, steak and rice

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Tripe and diced potatoes

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Fish and/or seafood marinated in lime
(Raw fish and/or seafood is cut into small pieces and then marinated
in lime juice for an hour. It is then mixed with onions,
celery, cilantro, salt and black pepper. The dish is served cold)

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Escabeche de pescado

Steamed fish seasoned with onions, 'aji' and lemon juice

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Food cooked in an earth pit by hot rocks
A medium-sized hole is dug in the ground and lined with rocks.
The rocks are heated using firewood.
When they are hot enough, the rocks are covered with banana leaves.
Then lamb, pork, other meats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, roots,
and tamales are placed in the pit, covered, and allowed to cook very slowly.
The resulting flavors are incomparable

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Papa la Huancaina

Potatoes in a special spicy cheese sauce, garnished with olives, lettuce and egg

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Papa Rellena

Stuffed potato patties

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Fish-shrimp-crab-mussel-clam-octopus Chowder

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Rocoto Relleno

Stuffed Red Pepper
Meat, onion, peanuts, milk and eggs are baked inside the red pepper

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Seco de frejoles

Bean and lamb stew in green sauce served with white rice, yuca, and raw onions seasoned with lemon and aji

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Aji de Gallina

Slightly spicy and bright yellow from the 'aji amarillo' (yellow hot pepper),
thickened with a walnut cream sauce,
traditionally served over rice and 'papa amarilla' (a special kind of potato), garnished with eggs and black olives

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Pollo a la Brasa

Peruvian-style roast chicken served with 'aji', french fries or fried yuca, and salad

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Fried or stewed guinea pig, an Andean delicacy

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Café Café (Sandwiches/Coffee)
Martin Olaya 250, Miraflores (Tel 445-1165)

Bohemian setting, the place 'to be seen at' in Lima
Three locations in Lima, the last one recently opened in downtown Lima.
Drinks, good coffee, sandwiches and desserts

Open Sun-Thurs 08:00-01:00, Fri & Sat 08:00-02:00

Diagonal 160, Miraflores, on the Ovalo next to El Pacifico cinema

A great place for sitting outside and watching the world go by. A favorite hangout for Lima's artists and intellectuals.
Varied menu - Good food - Great sandwiches, coffee and beer

Cafe Suisse (La Tiendecita Blanca) (Swiss/International)
Larco Herrera 111, Miraflores (close to the Ovalo).

Classic European old-style cafe, good for lunch or breakfast
Freshly-baked quiches, empanadas, and sandwiches.

Open daily 07:00-00:00

Las Tejas
Diez Canseco 340, Miraflores. Tel 444-4360.

Good Peruvian dishes at US$10-15 per person.
Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Astrid y Gaston (International/Peruvian)
Cantuarias 175, Miraflores. Tel 444-5310, 444-1496

Run by husband/wife team, main courses are US$15-25
Open Mon-Sat 12:30-15:30 and 19:30-00:00. Reservations recommended

Las Brujas de Cachiche (Peruvian/Criollo)
Jr. Bolognesi 460, Miraflores. Tel 444- 5310, 447-1883

One of the best restaurants in Lima for typical Peruvian food
The restaurant is a renovated old mansion with several dining rooms, beautifully decorated

Meals cost around US$25-30. Open Mon-Sat 12:30-00:30, Sun 12:00-17:00

Restaurant Huaca Pucllana (Nouveau Peruvian)
Avenida Arequipa 4698, Miraflores. Tel 242-7978

Meals cost around US$15-35. Open daily 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-00:00

La Rosa Nautica
Espigon 4, Costa Verde, Miraflores. Tel 447- 0057

One of Lima's loveliest restaurants set in a fabulous Victorian-style building at the end of a pier overlooking the Pacific Ocean (sunset recommended)
Excellent seafood. Set meals are good value and cost between $20-30. À la carte meals can easily reach over $50
Reservations recommended.

El Señorio de Sulco (Criollo)
Malecon Cisneros 1470, at the end of Avenida Pardo overlooking the sea, in Miraflores. Tel 441- 0389

Excellent criollo food (typical dishes from the coast of Peru). They offer fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, US$15-20

Miro Quesada 110 (No sign), Downtown Lima

A popular lunchtime restaurant frequented mainly by Limeños.
Good Peruvian food with a daily choice of set menus starting from US$5.
Try the ceviche (raw fish marinated in lemon juice).

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