Object Mythology Travel Stories: Culinary Highlights from Peru

Pisco Sour at Astrid y Gaston

For those of you who know me, I can be convinced to travel anywhere and do almost anything for excellent food. In recent years, Peruvian food has gotten some serious attention with the popularity of its most notable chef Gaston Acurio who now has over 28 restaurants around the world. On our recent 8-day travel through Peru we got to try some of the best restaurants in each of the three main cities we visited – Lima, Arequipa and Puno.

Lunch Crowd at La Mar

1.  Lima – the capital city of Peru, Lima has so many choices when it come to excellent food which includes not only Peruvian cuisine but Chinese and Japanese food as well. Pisco Sours are the cocktail of choice and a delicious ceviche for lunch is a must have.  There are three restaurants we always visit when we’re in Lima:

Conchas Calientes at Astrid y Gaston

  • Astrid Y Gaston:  Considered by many to be the #1 restaurant in Lima, Gaston Acurio’s restaurants always delivers a meal that never disappoints by offering the best flavors in all that Peruvian traditional cuisine has to offer with a modern twist. Some of our favorites: Conchas Calientes, Cebiche del Amor and the Lomo Salteado Tradition.

    Grilled Whole Fish with Garlic at La Mar

  • La Mar: Bustling with activity, we decided to hit Gaston Acurio’s La Mar for lunch. Cebicheria’s are known throughout Peru and especially in Lima for offering seafood in the traditional Peruvian way.  Ceviche Mixto is the traditional Peruvian ceviche dish everyone must try.  We also had the whole fish grilled in garlic and butter which was so delicious we managed to consume the whole thing.  I must also mention that the cocktails are excellent here!

    Ceviche Mixto at La Mar

  • Punto Azul:  This cebicheria is where all the locals head for  delicious, no frills, authentic Peruvian ceviche.  Again, be sure to order the Ceviche Mixto and a Chicha Morada, the traditional Peruvian purple corn drink said to be loaded with anti-oxidants.

Delicious Crepes at Crepisimo

2.  Arequipa – once might say that food is spicier in Peru.  Some of my favorite traditional Arequipena dishes are Rocoto Relleno, Adobo and Papas Hauncaina.  Here are my favorite picks for culinary delight when I’m in Arequipa:

  • Crepisimo:  For those of you who know me, I talked about this restaurant for a whole year craving their quinoa crepe filled with quinoa and queso fresco.  As soon as well landed in Arequipa we went straight to Crepissimo for lunch.  It’s a extensive menu to choose from and I have never had a disappointing meal here.  The ham and queso fresco crepe is also delicious as well as the sandwiches, desserts and lemonade.  It’s also in a very good location across from the Santa Catalina.

    Different types of potatoes at Sol de Mayo

  • Sol de Mayo:  Offering traditional Arequipena dishes, Sol de Mayo is a must for everyone visiting Peru.  Food is delicious and in warmer weather you can dine outside in the gardens and there is always a band playing traditional music while you enjoy your meal.
  • Zig Zag:  Another excellent restaurant to try, Zig Zag’s specialty are the grilled meats and fish cooked on volcanic stone.  Dishes come with interesting, delicious dips and delicious Peruvian potatoes as a side dish.  Considered the #1 restaurant in Arequipa.

Thanks all for now folks!  Be sure to check in next week for more of Object Mythology’s Travel Stories from Peru!

Karen

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