LIMA – a Gourmet Paradise
GET READY TO SAMPLE A MYRIAD DELICIOUS DISHES!
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.
Escabeche de pescado
Papa la Huancaina
Seco de frejoles
Ají de Gallina
Pollo a la Brasa
A FEW OF LIMA’S RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
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
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
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).