Rafael, Lima, 4/21/16

Exterior
Exterior

We arrived at this small place as they were just opening and still in staff meeting so I had an opportunity to explore all the interesting items and art that decorated the walls. The waiters were all very nice but Joao was particularly helpful in selecting our menu and offered to divide the items and bring out each as a separate course. It made a more relaxed pace and an opportunity to savor each of the tasty offerings. This place is amazing! Definitely check it out if you have the opportunity.  

bar entry
bar entry
bar on the other side of dining room wall
bar on the other side of dining room wall
shelf full of interesting stuff
shelf full of interesting stuff
fun decorations througout
fun decorations througout
dining room, before they opened
dining room, before they opened
dining room
dining room
Frankie wanted a nap
Frankie wanted a nap
tapa specials
tapa specials
menu cover
menu cover
tapa menu
tapa menu
Starters menu 1
Starters menu 1
Starters menu 2
Starters menu 2
pasta menu
pasta menu
Seafood menu
Seafood menu
Meat menu
Meat menu
Frankie admired the color of the table flowers
Frankie admired the color of the table flowers
Olive oil for dipping
Olive oil for dipping
Bread toppings: butter, meat, goat cheese
Bread toppings: butter, meat, goat cheese
breads
breads
Pisco cocktail
Pisco cocktail
Pisco and passion fruit cocktail
Pisco and passion fruit cocktail
Frankie checked out the bread
Frankie checked out the bread

We started with an order of their ceviche of sole, octopus and scallops. Very nicely seasoned, it was a good mixture of textures and tastes.

Ceviche "limeño" with lemon sole, octopus & scallops in emulsified tiger milk
Ceviche “limeño” with lemon sole, octopus & scallops in emulsified tiger milk
another angle
another angle

 

Next were the gnocchi tostatos, which were a favorite of Joao, and they were delicious.  It was a mixture of shrimp, squid, scallops and clams and slightly crisped gnocchi. There was a very subtle addition of pesto on the scallops that was a perfect amount to accent their sweet flavor. The sauce on the dish was filled with garlic and hints of spice – excellent.

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Ricotta & goaat cheese gnocchis with basil pistou, almonds, jewish artichokes & caponata
close up
close up
red wine
red wine
wine back
wine back
Frankie thought the wood sink was fun
Frankie thought the wood sink was fun

 

It just kept getting better with the duck and rice, which soared off the flavor scale. Amazing! The duck was tender and tasty with the exterior perfectly crisped to bring out the flavor and this rice was a well seasoned and a perfect amount to accompany the duck.   It came with a couple sauces that I hated to mix with it as this was one extraordinarily savory dish on its own.

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“Arroz con Pato”: classic coriander & chilli rice with braised stew duck cooked in black beer & “criolla” onion relish
closer
closer
Frankie wanted it to be a cat in the picture
Frankie wanted it to be a cat in the picture

 

It was hard for stir fried beef to match the previous course but it did well. The slight Asian influence was due to the soy sauce, ginger and garlic seasonings. The beef was tender and nicely rare and served with corn (choclo) and rice. The corn are huge tasty kernels and full of flavor and were good on their own but also nice when mixed with the beef and its sauce. Everything blended together very well and the accompanying potatoes were fried to a perfect blistered crisp to bring a wonderful crunch to the dish. It was another plate licker!

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Lomo saltado: stir fry sirloin steak with pisco, “chicha de jora”, onions, peruvian chilli, black beer, coriander & quail eggs
closer
closer
rice and corn
rice and corn
Frankie jumped in happiness after such good food
Frankie jumped in happiness after such good food

 

For dessert I tried the traditional donuts with were a crisp donut lovers delight, coated with a honey sauce. They were served with a really tasty coconut macaroon-like side that was crunchy and chewy at the same time. It also came with a side pudding that was very sweet and creamy and accented with a couple stiff meringue dots.

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Peruvian experience: deep fried peruvian doughnut with honey fig leaf; coconut crumble with pisco cream
Custard apple candied caramel milk
Custard apple candied caramel milk
Frankie found more flowers in the ladies room
Frankie found more flowers in the ladies room

 

The mango ravioli with thin slices of mango filled with a mango custard and topped with mango foam.  It was really tasty and better than the donuts!

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Mango raviolis with “lucuma” foam, passion fruit broth, macadamias bubbles & green apple sorbet
Our fun waiter Joao with Frankie
Our fun waiter Joao with Frankie

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