Tastiest Peruvian Restaurants – KO (Larcomar)

Peru has a great amount of Japanese influence and history brought by the vast amount of Japanese migrants in the late 1800s. One of my favorite worldwide cuisines is definetly Japanese, I am after all 1/8th Japanese. When I discovered an authentic Japanese restaurant near me I had to have a taste! And I was not disappointed.

img_0477My main dish was the tasty salmon teriyaki, accompanied by roasted vegetables and a sweet sauce to balance the savory tenderness of the salmon with the side dish of rice. The taste was authentic and reminded me of one of my favorite Japanese restaurants at home, Wagamama’s, the price range was similar too although the Wagamama’s can be seen to be more generous with their portion sizes compared to this dish.

  
For dessert I opted for something more ‘european’ and had a chocolate cake topped with a vanilla ice cream, boring but my favorite dessert of all time.

Finding different cuisines in Peru can be slightly difficult and there is a lack of different worldwide dishes compared to other countries. However, you will still find plenty of delicious variation of you are missing some of your favorite dishes from home!

 

 

 

Tastiest Peruvian Restaurants (News Cafe – La Rambla)

In continuation to my mini series on my blog, another one of my highly requested restaurants in Lima Peru is News Cafe. Initially I thought it was a cafe, hence its name, but do not fooled. It is located on the second floor of one of the lesser known shopping centers to tourists but wildly visited by many citizens of Lima.

I would say that hey swerve away from traditional Peruvian dishes and explore a more contemporary style. Their menu is spritzing with different food choices, from salads to Pizzas. Worldwide options are also on the menu from Thai to Italian. Their menu truly has you contemplating which dish wins over your sensations. 

 

Hawaiian pizza
  
Thai crispy noodle salad
 
The portions served are adequate for everybody. You can decide between a normal version of the food or a bigger option is also stated on the menu if you are particularly hungry. I tend to lean towards the normal size all the time so that my stomach has plenty of room for dessert, and it’s worth it in News Cafe. Their desserts are the highlight of any meal!

 

Brownie delight and chocolate gateaux
  
Oreo cheesecake and Apple pie
 

 Desserts are very well priced and one of the cheapest artifacts on the menu. So you need to indulge yourself at those prices! I believe they are around 15 soles which equals to around £3 or $4.50. You really can have it all! Good food at a cheap price. I feel like I’m in heaven every time I visit. My favorite meal was by far the Oreo cheesecake highly reccomended! Sweet, creamy, chocolately and with a slight taste of sweet cheese which detains the dessert to be overly sickly sweet.
  

News Cafe is overall priced slightly cheaper than Mangos because it is more casual, situated inside the shopping center with no view, only people walking, and their broad menu implies for an average taste because they are not so experienced on a certain cuisine. However, their desserts are presented beautifully and is the gate way for a delightful taste. The attention to customer is always great. In every restaurant I have been to so far,  the food industry is definetly the one who serves their customers the best! So I always tip generously. It has such a chilled atmosphere it feels like home when eating at News Cafe. 

Tastiest Peruvian Restaurants – Mangos (Larcomar)

Eating delicious traditional food can be really cheap here in Peru and it is good quality don’t be fooled by the prices or environment! Of course many tourists will lack this opportunity as they are in remote areas and the staff will most likely not understand English so you have to be pretty fluent in Spanish. However, big named restaurants here offer a great variety of Peruvian dishes at a very reasonable price and with the currency converted, it can be seen as a great bargain! In this miniseries I’ll be discussing some of my most favorite restaurants in Peru, their dishes, variety, prices and locations to give you a feel and hopefully a taste of the food. 

  
I revisited Mangos yesterday after only being there previously only one time and that was last month. What first attracted me was its view! You can see the beach from their balcony where it is nearly always full. It is located in the Larcomar, a shopping center in Miraflores located close to the sea with a beautiful view. If want a seat there try to reserve it beforehand. However yesterday we did manage to get a slight of the ocean. That is one of the biggest pull factors the restaurant has. The second reason I adore this place is its menu! After I saw what views it offered, I looked at the menu and the food is portrayed in such a delightful way with excellence especially with the desserts! I would think it would be quite pricey, which it is for the average Peruvian by the prices even if we forget the currency is slightly equivalent to Europe, so with the currency it was a bargain! Our two meals combined with a main, dessert and drink ended up being $37! That is usually what one plate will give you.
 

Chicha Morada with a cherry!
  
Fish with yuca and asparagus
  
Ceviche

Portion sizes are small compared to what you will get at independent restaurants in Peru but the taste is what fills you up and leaves you satisfied!

Chicha Morada is a typical Peruvian drink that is made by heating purple corn and then leaving to cool down to drink. It is super healthy and super yummy! So it is a must try in Peru.

My main meal was fish with yuca, a typical vegetable here which tastes like potato, and topped with asparagus and a slightly spicy salsa which is aji.
My brother tucked into a ceviche, which tends to be raw tilapia, seasoned such vegetables majority of the time sweet corn and onions. 

Of course we needed dessert after an adventurous trekking/exploration day. This meal was our prize! 

 

Chocolate volcano!

As you can see by the image it is a chocolate volcano cake, and rightfully given the name due to the delicious ganache which oozes out from inside once you takes a spoonful from it. It was accompanied by vanilla brownie ice cream and some strawberries, to make you feel less guilty.

Overall not only was the food a delight in it side with a spectacular view but the attention given to the client is great! Always attentive, asking if your meal is great and asking if you need anything else. As soon as our drinks finished we got given free water which is a nice gesture also. I definitely recommend eating at Mangos as their food is unique, they make Peruvian dishes proud, attention is quick and friendly, prices are adequality priced and also there is free wifi if you ask for the password. A great food experience with an awesome chilled atmosphere. 

Beach treats!

Whilst on my weekend in Cerro Azul, a beach in the north of Perú. I mentioned my adventure in my travelling blog (travellingantics) if you care to read about my experience. Of course I had to eat for the two days there and the typical food was accompanied by a typical and traditional atmosphere. It was plain but thankfully the food was not! The tastes could hardly control themselves whilst exploding in my mouth. Pure delight! 

Tallarin saltado

 

No introduction needed the delicious Inca Kola
 
 
Tallarín saldo is the cousin to the lomo saltado. It has a slight Italian twist by featuring spaghetti rather than rice. It also lacks fries which makes it less desirable than the lomo saltado. That is the only thing it lacks however as its juicy beef or chicken does not disappoint! It is lavished with onions and tomatoes but the juiciness is the reason I enjoyed it. Could not be enjoyed without the precious Peruvian soda, Inca Kola. It literally tastes like bubblegum! A win in my books for taste especially when drunken frozen on a scorching summers day and accompanied by a traditional dish, what more could I ask for!

 

Brownie ice cream by D’onofrio
 
 
ceviche

My favorite Peruvian dish has got to be ceviche. Raw fish, most commonly used is tilapia, sweet potato, sweet corn, onions, lettuce and chili to accompany and brighten the flavor for your taste buds to appreciate. I am an avid fish fan and enjoy it more than meat so that is why lomo saltado comes second in my favorite Peruvian dishes.

Sweet Peruvian Delights

I have been in Peru for the past six months so clearly I have been eating, a lot! With my sweet tooth cravings, I have been manifesting through the desserts menu pretty quickly, enjoying some original Peruvian delicacies as well as tastes now accustomed worldwide.

When I first arrived in early September, I delved quickly for sweet treats! From supermarkets, patisseries, and, of course, restaurants. One of my favourite treats are los picarones, which look like a deformed donut with a large hole in the middle. They are super super sweet, and you are usually given around 4. Those are the portions here. I sure wasn’t complaining! However, I could not ask for any more as a toothache was my punishment for such a sweet delight!

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Los picarones! Too sweet for any sweet tooth

The shelves at supermarkets are riveted with biscuits, cakes, chocolates, and I lose myself when I go food shopping, I hold my hands up for that! With many foreign foods ruling the shelves here, especially English, German, Danish and American candy, it is quick to have some tastes from home which is comforting. My favourite brand of chocolate here, one of the largest as well, is La Iberica. Created in the early 18th century after the Spanish Inquisition, many Spaniards came here to rule the lands and one tasty concoction they came up with delicious Peruvian sourced chocolate.

With Summer soaring up to 35 degrees (crazy!) ice cream is a definite must for me! The largest brand, D’onofrio, and the best in the sense of my taste buds, markets the most ice cream sales in the whole of Peru. The brand is owned my Nestle, and originated from Italian immigrants who arrived in Peru many centuries ago.

The food here is incredibly tasty, something I shall miss, even their savoury dishes can have a sweet tooth person salivating, I’m going to post more foodie related topics on here and be sure to follow my travelling blog where I discuss all my worldly adventures and discuss the best tourist spots to go and the best places in the world to discover at travellingantics.com