We saw street vendors from the bus, and also saw a restaurant on the waterfront when we took our boat tour.
What might they be selling?
In Lima, street vendors sell breakfast quinoa (a grain-like crop cooked down to a thin porridge) in the mornings, mixed with fruit and served hot or cold, depending on the weather. Sandwich stands are literally everywhere serving up delicious deep-fat-fried dough in ball form with either yucca or sweet potato flour or Peru’s version of the donut, called a picaron. The latter is served with a syrupy sauce
An elderly woman will often be seen selling her homemade specialty of Churros to pedestrians. There may also be vendors who sell sweetbreads and other desserts from a wheeled cart.
Favorite Dish: Unfortunately I did not get to try any of these delicious looking treats
This establishment is the 'fancy' Norky's, aka Solar!, on the 2nd floor with a clear plastic roof, palms and a more sophisticated ambiance than the more common fast food versions of the brand.
So this is where one goes for a 'fine dining' Norky's experience.
The food was, as at all Norky's, plentiful and tasty. The Ceviche, the anticuchos and the mixed grill were all good, and our party of five had to pass on the deserts (which looked excellent) on account of being filled to pussy's bow.
Service was prompt and efficient. Top marks for a good night out
Bar Cordano is an old restaurant in the Historic Centre. It was established already in 1905 and has been declared a historical monument. While I was there eating two groups of tourists walked through the bar with their guide, just stopping to look around.
The atmosphere was very nice and I enjoyed my meal Pescado Vapor with papaya juice. It was S30 (August 2011).
This was the first meal we had in Peru. There were four of us. We were looking for some place where we could eat outside because it was a warm winter day. So we arrived at Tanta in old town. There is another Tanta's in Mira Flores.
I had the Tanta version Papa La Huancaina. The dish consisted of potatoes Sliced Boiled Potatoes spicy yellow sauce (which contains Turmeric) served on top of lettuce greens. There was a distinct taste of egg and cheese in the dish. It was good even though when it arrived at the table I had my doubts.
My wife had a pulled pork sandwich. We couldn't remember the Spanish word for it but she indicated it was good and it had a dark sauce almost like a mole sauce. The other people in the party had cerviche. They indicated that Tanta's cerviche was quite good. It was served with fruit that looked like oranges and lemons.
We all had a couple rounds of Pisco sours. For those of you not familiar with this drink it consists of pisco, lemon or lime juice, egg whites, syrup, and bitters. The pisco sours at tantos were very good and hit the spot. After the second pisco sour I could definitely fill it and ended up walking around downtown Lima a lot slower that day.
None of us had any desert. The cost was higher than we expected. For four it was about $75.
Favorite Dish: The Papa La Huancaina definitely was good and unique.
Top service and great food in this local family friendly restaurant. Not 5 star like Astrid and Gaston but excellent all the same and of course cheaper.
Favorite Dish: The house Ceviche served in a giant artichoke. Delicious
The oldest and more renown destillery in Lima, Santiago Queirolo is the place to go for a good pisco and wine, great beer, awesome food (try the escabeche de pescado) and an atmosphere that youll remember for the longest. Founded in the 1800, or sometime BC not sure, Queirolo has been a watering hole for generations and generations of thirsty peruvians. Best part, despite how big it is, is a locals place. Right next door, bottles of pisco and wine can be sampled and purchased if you fell like it. Inside the taberna, just grab a seat and one of the "Queirolos" will be with you (its family run). Get a bottle of Pisco, pick your mix (coke, 7up, etc) and theyll be back with the licor, the mixand a littlebucket of ice for ou to make your own concoction, some people ask for jarabe the goma to make their own Pisco Sour. Delicious. Or try the tabernamade pisco sour (9 soles in 2006) to get a kickstart for the afternoon. On gamedays this a fabuluous place to be as all the tables get filled w/thristy (but safe) futbol fans.....
This is a good place for lunch on a nice day. You can dine outdoors under an umbrella while looking at the flowers in Kennedy Park across the street. Friendy service and a nice variety of available dishes
La Muralla restaurant adjoins La Muralla park, which contains the remains of the old city walls built in the 1600s to protect the city from pirates. After your meal, you can check out the walls, or stroll through the attractive park.
Favorite Dish: I started with an appetizer, Papa Huacaina (sliced potatoes in a delicious sauce), followed by beef in rosemary sauce. Papa Huacaina is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes.
I had an excellent dinner at Tanta, a restaurant in Miraflores.
They have attractive modern decor; friendly and efficient service. Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (9-6 on Sundays.)
Favorite Dish: I had Ajo de Gallina, and it was delicious. My entree, plus dessert and a Pisco Sour, came to about $20 U.S.
Said to be the best cevicheria in town! (In case you don't know, ceviche is a 'citrus-marinated seafood', usually raw). Very popular among the locals, as well as 'cultural' tourists. I tried ceviche mixto (mixed seafood ceviche) and arroz con camarones (rice with shrimps). Both of the dishes are excellent, fresh and well-prepared. The restaurant opens from 11:00a till 5:00p, but try to get there before 12:30p to guarantee seats, since it could get really crowded afterward.
Chorrillos is some 10 minutes drive south of Miraflores. The taxi cab from Parque Kennedy should be around S/.8 - 10 (rush hour). Remember one thing, the area is not 100% safe...so take good care of yourself and your personal belongings. There usually be a doorman in front of the restaurant, or if he's not around, just ring the bell.
Favorite Dish: CEVICHE, CEVICHE, CEVICHE!!! (Warning; the dishes are quite spicy!)
In Central Lima, easy to find. Strict vegetarian. Food always clean, healthy. Large portions, we ate well. No English translation. We got whatever the special was. Usually rice, mixed salad, potatos, cactus, banana, avocado, mint tea, bread. Cafe open and spacious, plenty of people watching outside. Popular with locals. Police, musicians, families, couples. Very affordable. The evening special was around 5Soles. After we found in Paraiso, we never went any place else in Lima. Closed one night a week.
Favorite Dish: I swear, I had no idea what we ate. The special was always a different cast of vegetables and tofu.
Cafe Haiti has good local food and attentive, unpretentious service with a hint of old-world charm. It's a super place to relax with a coffee, a drink, or a meal and watch all the different sorts of people walking by - the location can't be beat, right across from Parque Kennedy on the Ovalo in Miraflores. By all means try to get a table outside. Both locals and tourists come here.
Favorite Dish: Lomo a lo macho - a sirloin steak in a seafood sauce. It sounded like too much at first, but it was so good we ordered it again the second time we came back to this place.
The decor is colorful, and the food is delicious. Dining is inside or out, and dress is casual.
The restaurant is located on a pedestrian-only street near the site of a bombing by the Shining Path. It is an interesting place to wander after dining.
Favorite Dish: Papas a la Huancaina (Potatoes in spicy cream sauce) --This is delicious as a starter. Cold, sliced potatoes covered in a really delicious sauce.
Lomo Saltado (sliced steak with onions, peppers, tomatoes & French fries) as a main course.
(Restaurants believe in starch--many dishes contain rice AND potatoes)
Picarones are found in most restaurants. These delicious rings of fried pumpkin batter are a local favorite. They are served with a syrup, maybe like a maple syrup. I loved them and even made them a dinner one night!
What is Anticuchos? This word is a Quechuan word meaning cut stewed meat, or also known as beef heart on a stick. As an american, let me tell you, we don't commonly eat organs. But wow! Anticuchos are awesome! It's like perfectly cooked and seasoned filet mignon! I had to be tricked to eat this, I am so glad I was! I recommend this to anyone and everyone!
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