has a varied culinary tradition, which fuses Andean and Spanish tradition
as well as some African, Asian (mainly Chinese and Japanese), French,
Italian and Muslim cuisine. The city is becoming world-famous for its
seafood and unique vegetables, creole, Peruvian–Chinese (called chifa)
and fusion cuisine. Criollo (kree-o-yo) cuisine refers to an old traditional
recipe of the culture of Peru.
Lunch time in the Peruvian culture is generally 1pm to 2pm. By noon, most eateries are open for lunch. Don't be afraid to try local plates. Small, family restaurants or cafes also very good lunch platters. Most all have daily "menu" (meh-new) specials at a pre-fix price which could range s/.5 to s/.15 soles, depending on which neighborhood you happen to find yourself between noon and 3pm, for example.
The cuisine is not hot and spicy, except for an "aji" (yellow chili pepper) sauce that may be hot or not depending on the chef, so check or sample first before ordering it. The aji is made into a yellow, creamy sauce and is very good in a dish called "Aji con Gallina."
A panaderia may offer small fare like burgers or sandwiches. A common sandwich is of shredded chicken on a roll with a handful of potato chips or "sticks." But, they put these fried chips in the sandwich! So, ask for the chips on the side (al lado) or better yet, omit them altogether, just say "No chips." Also commonly served are the empanadas, which look like a turnover or mini calzone. They are good, and great to take "on the go."
"Empanada de carne" (car-nay) is like a meat pie- bits of shredded
beef or ground beef with diced carrot and/or celery, potato and hard-boiled
egg. The "Empanadas de pollo" (pol-yo -chicken), and the "Empanada
de jamon" (ha-moan - ham).
cuisine in Peru is known as "Chifa," an alternative to regular
Chinese food, having a Peruvian fusion. There are many Chifa restaurants
in Lima, although more expensive chifa restaurants located in upscale
neighborhoods would make for a better experience.
In Peru, the chicken meat is more specifically classified at restaurants
as Pollo (roster) and Gallina (hen). The local people believe that there
is a great flavor difference in the gender of the meat. Gallina is said
to have a better flavor and smoother texture than pollo. Therefore, gallina
is a better meat and does have a higher price in the markets.
of the best choices for dessert in Peru is the ice cream - "helado."
It is more like a fresh gelato, soft or hard to dip. Helado Naturale is
refreshing and healthier as it is more of a sorbet-type, without the use
- Cremalada - normally this is like a water ice or sherbert, without milk.
Chupetes y Helados SHAMBO was compared with other national ice creams, and it was the Shambo product that was infinitely favored due to their use of natural products, local Amazon fruits, and organic products. They do not use transgenic or GMO ingredients.
Flavors -ALL are Very Good... well prepared!
fruit - Good, smooth flavor, similar to pumpkin pie. Must try!
There are pies and cakes in which local produce is used to create a new
twist on familiar recipes. As you pass through the panaderias or pasteleria
(pastry shop), you can see the skills of the local bakers in fancy cake
or pie creations, and numerous flavored or seasoned breads and rolls.
Definitely try a few of those!
Dining with a View
Costa Verde Restaurant - This beautiful restaurant serves seafood and
international cuisine, and variations of Ceviche (aka Cebiche,) a typical
Peruvian recipe. This restaurant is located on a pier over the Pacific
ocean and has a beautiful view of the sea and the cliffs from Barranco
to Miraflores. The Costa Verde Restaurant is located to the south of Miraflores,
along the coastal roadway Costa Verde. It is a restaurant with an incredible
number of delicious culinary plates, enjoy a buffet or one of the many
seafood or pasta dishes from the menu. Their extensive seafood buffet
is listed in the Guiness Records. Buffets: Lunch - Monday to Saturday-
1pm to 4pm. Dinner- Monday to Friday, 5pm to 7:30pm. A special Sunday
buffet is served from 1 to 4pm. Available for private events. The lunch
buffet is approximately US$30.00. Telf. 247-1244, 477-0010.
A unique feature of Los Delfines is their two Dolphins that have their
own glass aquarium, located off the lobby. Here, there is a lounge/bar
area where guests can watch the dolphins swim, enjoy drinks and listen
to live music in the evening. The dolphins are fed at regular times so
that diners can enjoy this as well. "Knossos" gourmet restaurant
is also located on this level, serving international cuisine, buffets
and flambe specialties.
Menu- la carta
your meal!- Buen provecho!
And - y (pronounced as "e")
Refresco or Bebida (bay-bee-da)
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