Peru is a country of indescribable beauty and I took advantage of this opportunity to discover Peru’s culinary specialties. While many restaurants across Lima offer cuisine from around the world, I decided to focus on the gastronomy that best represents the identity of Peruvians.
Since I was meeting Sra. Milagros Castro for lunch, she took me to a restaurant called Altamar, a seafood restaurant located on Av. Jose Pardo in Miraflores. There, I ordered a menu for S/. 25.00 ($9) and ordered a ceviche and a dish made of beans, rice and beef with a chicha morada—a traditional Peruvian water-based punch made of boiled purple corn, pineapple peel and cinnamon. The punch was amazingly refreshing and very low in calories!
Ceviche con chicha morada!
The ceviche, which is a must try was amazing! The dish is made of fish or raw seafood cut into small pieces before being marinated in leche de tigre (lime juice) with peppers.
Arroz con frijoles
This other dish made of beans, rice and beef was equally delicious although I was not able to finish it because I was llena (full)!
During my stay in Lima, I also decided to try some pollo a la brasa (roast chicken), which is one of Peru’s specialties! I walked to Norky’s, which is located in Miraflores and a dish of pollo a la brasa for S/. 16.90 ($6). Because Peruvian cuisine often uses a lot of potatoes (after all, Peru’s International Potato Center hosts more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes), the roast chicken served in a quarter was accompanied with plenty of French fries! The roast chicken was amazingly good, tender and well-seasoned!
Pollo a la brasa con papas (French fries)
Last but not least, I also ate some arroz con pollo (chicken over rice) in a nice restaurant called Restaurante Javier in Barranco. The restaurant was located just one block away from the Pacific Ocean and as a result, the view was amazing! The arrow con pollo was decently priced as I just paid S/. 13.00 ($6). When I saw my plate, I have to admit that I was a bit surprised because the piece of chicken was huge! The chicken was cooked with different herbs and served with both a serving of rice AND a serving of fries!
Arroz con pollo
I also ordered a bottle of Inca Kola, which is Peru’s national soda. The yellow soda had a flavor of bubble gum and was extremely high in calories, which is the reason why I only had a cup!