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 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.
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.