I visited 5 South American countries over the past 6 months and I can 100% say that the food in Peru was the most delicious and varied. Here are all my favourites from the capital, Lima…
On our Lima Gourmet Tour, we visited 4 different spots where we were spolied rotten with delicious food. The first of these was ________ on the seafront, where we were taught all about the intricacies of the Pisco Sour, one of which – after 3 months of alcohol-free volunteering (my tolerance has somewhat disappeared) – makes you very happy indeed.
Our second stop was amaZ, a play on “Amazon”, which served, unsurprisingly, Amazon and jungle inspired dishes. We made our own ‘plantain ceviche’ before gobbling down much more – notably, the chicken skewers and corn cakes… The cocktails here were also rather yummy.
Our penultimate stop was Huaca Pucllana Restaurante, a high end eatery place quite literally next to the historical site of the same name: you eat among the centuries old bricks. The food here was, yet again, fantastic with tapas – sized dishes ranging from scallops and buttermilk chicken to choclo (a type of corn) and potato croquettes. Desert here was decadent: arroz con leche (the Peruvian equivalent of rice pudding) was followed nicely by both a lemon meringue pie and a brownie with dulce de leche. Scrumptious!
Our final stop was crem de la cremin the beautiful barrio of Barranco. Another course certainly wasn’t needed, but we managed to work out enough space for a scoop or two of the ice-cream.
Manolo‘s. Churros. Freshly made. Need I say more?
If you can bear to trudge out of toown, head to Oceanika– a Peruvian-cum-sushi restaurant. Their all-you-can-eat pricing is good, but you will be charged for any remaining ‘makis’… My advice? Don’t get too ahead of yourself. Of course the sushi here was INCREDIBLE, but even more so was their desert option of ice-cream sushi – make sure you leave some space to try it. Wowww.
La Lucha Sanguchería Criolla– a must-do if you’re in Peru. Chicharrón (a roast pork sandwich of sorts) hits the spot after a hard morning of walking. It was so good that I didnt have time to snap a photo.