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.
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 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.
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.
On a mission to buy some stuff to better equip my kitchen, a friend and I headed to Mercado de Surquillo to get stuff on the cheap.
Once inside, I noticed a fruit that I’ve wondered about since I arrived in Lima, having seen it in a few different markets. I asked the lady what it’s called and how it’s served. She said it’s called a chirimoya, and served in a juice or milkshake. I ordered the milkshake for 9 soles.
It had a light taste, and not unlike a banana milkshake. I imagine a lil splash of vanilla would have been a great addition.
For lunch we stopped at a ceviche stall in the market called El Cevichano. I ordered the Ceviche con Causa (26 soles) and my friend ordered the Leche de Tigre (16 soles).
Causa is a potato-based Peruvian dish that is very similar to polenta in texture and presentation. Today it was served cold as a roll and stuffed with a mayo and fish salad (like a tuna salad).
Both dishes were amazing – I had a couple pieces of his fried fish, which was cooked to perfection.
After lunch we wandered around the market so I could take pics of the exotic fruit and wares.
The tropical fruit came in every colour and size, and I’m going to have to learn more about Peruvian selection of fruits and vegetables – especially the varieties of potatoes. Yum.