Sushi in the Park at La Feria in Barranco

On a Sunday afternoon stroll through Barranco we discovered an open air market called La Feria, which we explored while looking for a place to eat lunch.

The sushi spot at La Feria in Barranco

With a food court consisting of about 10 different places to eat, La Feria had a good selection to choose from. We chose a sushi spot.

The sushi stall offered unlimited rolls for 45 soles, which we both agreed to order.

Although there were no other customers, our rolls were really slow to arrive at the table; each round took more than 20 minutes to prepare.

The Leche de Tigre Maki roll

The menu featured more than 30 different rolls, some of which were unique to Lima, such as the Leche de Tigre and the Causa rolls.

Of the numerous rolls ordered, the Leche de Tigre was my favourite. It was a roll with a shrimp that was ceviched, battered and fried before being rolled into a maki and topped with diced, battered shrimp and the juice from the ceviche.

Great presentation, however, each round took an eternity to prepare

We each had 7 or 8 rolls, and had spent more than 2.5 hours at the table – most of that time was waiting for the next round of rolls to arrive.

Anyone who has had sushi knows that you’re hungry again 20 minutes after the meal, so the long breaks between servings allowed us to digest what we had just consumed, which ultimately meant we could eat more.

Maybe not exactly the best strategy for the business, but we were fine with the arrangement.

Kinjo Ramen – Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Barranco

It was a cold and drizzly evening when I returned to Kinjo Ramen for my second visit, and I was in the mood for some gyoza and ramen to warm me up.

My first visit to Kinjo was when I had my dog, and I was surprised to hear that they were dog friendly with a couple of spots in their front section reserved for diners with dogs.

The Kinjo Ramen menu

The gyozas (16 soles) were hand made with care, as each gyoza was perfectly packed and sealed, the filling was pork and green onion.

The gyoza were amazing

I tried  a different ramen with visit to Kinjo, the spicy Tan Tan and the Shoyu (small: 19 soles, large: 27 soles).

The broths of each soup were both complex and very well prepared with layers of flavour, and although it wasn’t advertised on the menu, I suspect that the noodles were hand made.

A small serving of the Tan Tan Ramen
A large serving of the Shoya Ramen

The Shoya Ramen had large slices of a smoked pork, which are visible in the above photo; their baconey flavour permeated the broth and noodles.

I liked how the egg halves present in each rameb were served with a medium hard yolk – and they continued to cook in the hot broth. Yum.

The bill from my second visit

With two visits that I left fully satisfied, I can say with confidence that Kinjo Ramen is a must visit restaurant in Barranca. It’s a place that’s perfect for visiting on a cold winter evening in Lima.

La Lucha Sangucheria – Stellar Burger and Fries

I reviewed La Lucha Sangucheria in a previous post, but I felt that they deserved a second visit, to try their burger (16 soles) and fries (6 soles).

I ordered the burger and an order of fries, and added a fried egg to my burger. The burger had cheese and all the usual fixings, and they asked me which sauces I’d like on it when I was placing my order. Nice personalization.

The order of fries was massive, and I barely dented the towering portion. It could definitely be shared by a few people as a side to their sandwich or burger.

Both items were cooked to order and to perfection. The burger was well made with everything you would expect on a burger, all housed between a freshly baked bun.

The large cut fries were crispy on outside and cooked fully on the inside. Huayro, a golden yellow Peruvian potato, was used to make this exceptionally good batch of French fries.

Their house-made Chicha Morada (6 soles)  is refreshing, with a hint of cinnamon and fruit flavours. I always order a second cup to go after finishing one with my meal.

La Lucha continues to impress, and they have been added to the Our Favourites category. They have multiple restaurants throughout Lima, and they’re always busy.

Directly in front of Parque Kennedy you’ll find 2 separate La Lucha locations within the same block, and there is an outside dining area that is dog friendly – one of the few dining areas in the Parque Kennedy area – in front of one of the La Lucha restaurants. Look for the people playing chess in the side alley, with the La Lucha next door to La Republica, and you’ll be able to enjoy a burger and fries if you’re with your dog.

Grimanesa Anticucheria – Thick and Juicy Cow Heart on a Stick in Miraflores

Grimanesa Anticucheria in Miraflores usually has a packed house in their dining area when I walk by while walking my dog, which is always a good sign. I ordered to  go my a plate of 2 palitos de anticuchos de corazon (skewers of beef heart), which included a boiled and peeled potato.

For 22 soles, the dish was priced more than at a street food stall, but given their location in flossy Miraflores, it wasn’t a shock that the anticuchos from Grimanesa Anticucheria would be a bit more expensive. Not knowing how big the portion might be, I ordered an extra potato for 3 soles more.

The anticuchos and extra potato – re-plated after I got home

To my surprise, both the anticuchos and the extra potato were big in size. The chunks of cow hearts were thick and juicy, and easy to tear off from the skewer. The dipping sauces provided were a spicy tomatoey sauce, while the green sauce was more mild.

I ended up dipping the anticuchos in the green sauce and using the red sauce to dip the potatoes into. The portions of sauces were quite small, and I had to use them sparingly to ensure there would be enough for the rest of the meal, and I would like to see them provide larger portions with their to go orders.

With anticuchos being the staple street food snack and bar appetizer here in Lima, there are no shorrtages of places to get a plate of cow heart on a skewer, but Grimanesa Anticucheria in Moraflores is a good option if you find yourself craving the dish. If eating beef heart isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll be happy to learn that they also have chicken breast on a skewer available.

On a future visit I will find out if it’s possible to order a platter with one anticucho de corazon and one of chicken breast. If there’s one thing I love to do while dining out, it’s order non-menu items.

Bolicheria 2335 – Amazing Cevicheria in Lince

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.

Cusqueña Negra Dark Lager served cold

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.

Banana chips and Cancha Chullpi

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.

The Ceviche Mixta at Bolicheria 2335

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 menu at Bolicheria 2335

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.

Pizza Rock – Home of the Guitar Pick Shaped Pizzas in Miraflores

Situated just 2 blocks from the Malecon de la Marina in Miraflores is Pizza Rock, the rock themed pizza restaurant with a dog-friendly area for diners that bring their dog.

I was planning to order a pizza to go since I was walking my dog when I passed by the restaurant, but they welcomed us both to the dog-friendly zone: a covered patio with a pop art decor. They even had dog food on hand to feed the pets that come into the restaurant – a nice touch.

Inside Pizza Rock’s dog-friendly area
Pop Art adorns the walls of Pizza Rock

Their menu consists of burgers, salads, and pizzas. I ordered the Che Pizza (36 soles) – red and orange peppers, grilled chorizo, onion, chimichurri.

When it arrived I was surprised by the shape of the thin crust pizza, which was guitar pick shaped. A great idea for a rock themed pizza place.

The guitar pick shaped pizza at Pizza Rock

The pizza was delicious and filling, with lots of big chunks of grilled chorizo and vegetables. The chimichurri was drizzled over the cooked pizza prior to plating, and added a nice splash of colour and flavour.

It was my first time trying chimichurri on a pizza, but it won’t be my last.

The music was pretty much rock, and while I was there I heard Green Day, AC/DC, and oddly enough Britney Spears (Oops I Did It Again).

Pizza Rock is worth checking out if you’re in Miraflores and craving a pizza or burger; and if you happen to find yourself getting hangry on an extended dog walk along the Malecon de la Marina, your four-legged dining companion is certainly welcome.

Tarboush – Middle Eastern Food in the heart of Miraflores

Lima has an amazing food scene going on here, with countless restaurants specialising in food from all over the world, not just Peruvian cuisine. On a tip from a couple of Peace Corps volunteers, I decided to check out Tarboush in Miraflores.

Tarboush, located across the street from Parque Kennedy
Chicken Shawarma Plate was delish

It had been a very long time since I had Middle Eastern food, and I was craving a chicken shawarma plate before I even entered the restaurant. I searched the menu for it, and found it for $24 soles.

It came with a choice of fries or arabic rice, and I of course chose the rice. The serving of chicken shawarma was huge! And full of flavour. It came with a side of tahini and hot sauce, which I drizzled over the shawarma.

There was a side of undressed salad, which could have been better with a lemon dressing, or better yet tabouli.

I will definitely be back to enjoy a good shawarma, and next time I’ll order a side of hummus and pita.

Siete Sopas – “We’re Famous on YouTube”

If you did your research of Lima on YouTube, you probably have heard of Siete Sopas, the 24 hour restaurant in Lince that specialises in soups -a different one for each day of the week.

The thing you need to know about Siete Sopas is that it gets PACKED during the evening, and the best time to go is in the afternoon or late at night if you don’t like to wait for your food. With that said, it’s worth waiting for.

The lineup outside of Siete Sopas during the dinner rush
Siete Sopas in Lince – lunchtime is when to go to avoid the rush
This is a medium sized bowl of the daily soup
The infamous Siete Sopas menu

The soup served on the day I went (Monday), was a beef with pork and chicken breast thick stew. The medium sized bowl, 18 soles, was a huge serving of a stew that obviously took a long cooking time to produce a stew that’s so thick with such complex flavour. Rice and potatoes were also cooked into the stew, making it a full meal in a bowl.

Each meal is served with Pan Campesino, a homemade bread buttered on both sides, and they proudly painted that fact on the side of the building.

The stew was amazing, and definitely worth waiting for if you happen to go when there is a lineup. As mentioned earlier in the post, lunch or afternoon is when to go to avoid the rush.

I can’t wait to go back on another day and try the other soups. One down, six more to go.

Update: I returned to Siete Sopas on a Sunday morning at around 11am, when Av. Arequipa is closed to cars – and open only for cyclists, pedestrians, and skaters and rollerbladers. The restaurant was relatively empty, and it was easy to get a table.

Behold, the huge vats of the best soup in all of Lima
Av. Arequipa becomes a car-free zone on Sundays
The daily soup on a Sunday

The daily soup that day was a beef soup with chunks of turnip, potatoes, carrots, celery, and rice. As with my previous visit, the soup was accompanied by their housemade bread, a rye.