Fiesta Restaurante, Lima, 4/23/16

exterior
exterior

This is a medium sized place with 2 main dining rooms and seemed to be all a la carte dining.  They serve huge plates of food, perfect for sharing. The staff are all friendly and speak mostly Spanish but our waiter Franklin was very helpful in translating.  We ordered a Pisco sour cocktail prior to the meal and it was prepared table side which was a fun touch. The walls are bare but it still has a warm feel, probably due to the staff and lively, happy crowd. Interestingly they were the only place we went to that served Peruvian water (even tho it was bottled by Coca-cola) which I found nice.

interior
interior

They were happy to split what was appropriate for us and others we shared at the table and each dish was made into a separate course. Flavors were good and I would give the place a hearty recommendation!

Menu
Menu
Menu 2
Menu 2
interior
interior
another dining room
another dining room
Pisco sour made tableside
Pisco sour made tableside
finished product
finished product
Frankie liked their card
Frankie liked their card

 

We started with a ‘gift’ from the kitchen which was a small fried fish with onion on crisp toast. Really tasty with good flavors and nice textural contrasts. It went down easy!

Silver fish fried with onion and pico on crisp toast.
Silver fish fried with onion and pico on crisp toast.
wine
wine
one of the staff
one of the staff

 

I didn’t think I’d want to eat ceviche again but the waiter highly endorsed the Hot Cebiche which was made with grouper. So glad he did! It absolutely exploded with flavor. Just amazing!

IMG_8900
Hot cebiche – Medium rare cooked over the natural hot coal. Mero murike, yellow chili, coriander, Chinese onions, lemon, chichi de jora-fermented drink made of Peruvian corn – and salt
close up
close up
Frankie liked the non edible part
Frankie liked the non edible part

 

We had the goat with with tacu tacu which is a white bean and rice dish. It was truly fantastic, again exploding with flavors. It was also served with some additional peppers which could add spice if desired and I totally enjoyed it with the dish. This was a plate licker extraordinaire!

Baby goat in Fiesta "seco" sauce.
Baby goat in Fiesta “seco” sauce.
White beans tacu tacu
White beans tacu tacu
relish
relish
as served
as served

 

Next was the duck which was wonderfully savory and the treat was to scrape the crispy rice from the bottom and sides of the pan (which the waiter came by to help us do too). It had a side relish dish of avocado, onion, radish and orange which were fun to mix in.  This was another great dish but if I had to pick one it would be the goat.

serving pot for duck
serving pot for duck
interesting serving spoon
interesting serving spoon
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Fiesta style duck with “Apatadito” – rice with green peas (instant preparation in a petit cast iron pot) with crunchy rice. (Concolon is the crispy layer formed on the bottom of the rice pot)
served
served
Frankie loves warm stuff
Frankie loves warm stuff

 

We finished with a glass of pisco and then had their donuts and honey with quince that tasted a lot like fig and apple. A very fine way to end a wonderful meal.

dessert menu
dessert menu
after lunch pisco
after lunch pisco
Frankie likes pisco
Frankie likes pisco
honey in your bowl
honey in your bowl
Picarones: traditional Peruvian donuts
Picarones: traditional Peruvian donuts
another view
another view
Frankie tried to sharpen her claws on the wood
Frankie tried to sharpen her claws on the wood
Our nice waiter
Our nice waiter
Frankie thought the mouthwash was an interesting touch
Frankie thought the mouthwash was an interesting touch
She wasn't fast enough to get a donut
She wasn’t fast enough to get a donut

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