Bolicheria 2335, located ½ a block from the Mercado Lobatón 1 -Lince, was where I had my first ceviche dish after arriving in Lima.
What looked like a small 6 table restaurant, was deceptively large, with a second dining area located behind the kitchen.
I ordered the Cusqueña Negra Dark Lager, which was more like a Porter than any lager I had before, costs 10 soles for a 630 ml bottle.
A snack of banana chips and cancha chullpi, a fried corn that’s not unlike corn nuts, accompanied by a aji dipping sauce and lime arrived shortly after the beer.
That was followed by a small bowl of a seafood broth with green onions – although it wasn’t more more than a fish stock, it was an excellent way to warm up my palette for the epic ceviche I was about to feast on.
I ordered the Combo Mixta for 34 soles, and I was surprised by the portion size when the waiter brought it to my table. The combo consisted of 3 separate dishes – a ceviche, a seafood rice, and sweet potato and corn.
I was half expecting a fried rice, after seeing so many Chifa restaurants in Lima, but it was more like the consistency of a risotto than fried rice. It was creamy with a saffron colour, with calamari and shrimp mixed in with the rice, which also had green onion added presumably for colour.
The ceviche had shrimp, calamari, and large chunks of fish along with diced spicy red pepper and slices of red pepper and green onion. Leche de tigre, the lime juice that cooked the fish, filled the bottom of the bowl of ceviche – and it was so good I could have drank it as a shot (with vodka).
I was also expecting the ceviche to come with tostadas, but that’s more of a Mexican thing than Peruvian. It was meant to be eaten as is, without a tostada, and I was fine with that.
The accompanying sweet potato and corn was served cold, and when mixed with some ceviche or its juice, was a great combination. While I was enjoying my meal I saw an older gentleman pour his banana chips into the ceviche, something I’ll have to try with a future ceviche meal.
Bolicheria 2335 is definitely a place the visit if you’re in Lince and craving ceviche, and it’s worth the short trip in you’re in neighbouring San Isidro. Although I dined in mid-day, I’ll be back in the evenings for their whole fried fish and some of the other dishes served later in the day.