On our first day in Lima we went out with mum to do some shopping. I always buy clothes when I go back home because quality is great, and try to do the bulk of the shopping at the beginning of the trip, before putting on several kilos. We went to the Jockey Plaza shopping centre and had lunch at El Grifo. I was there three years ago, too, and found the food as good as then.
Alvaro and I shared a ceviche, which I ordered mild with chili (ají and rocoto sauce) on the side because he doesn’t like spicy food. Good stuff.
Ceviche (S/. 45, ~$19)
Ají and rocoto
The other dish we shared was Los Huevos del Grifo, yellow potato chips, smashed eggs with Huacho sausage, beef tenderloin and serrano ham. Amazing combination. My only suggestion: some salad on the side would have been great.
Los Huevos del Grifo (S/. 45, ~$19)
Mum ordered the saltayaki, a stir-fry of beef tenderloin, prawns and Asian veggies in teriyaki sauce, served with fried cassava. It was a very tasty Japanese-inspired version of the classic dish “lomo saltado”.
Saltayaki (S/. 39, ~$16)
Later we had coffee at a Juan Valdez shop. This is the most popular colombian coffee and it’s good to see they’re now everywhere in Lima.
I also noticed that cronuts have invaded Lima, too.
Later we went to my aunties, who served us dinner: chicken breast and fried egg, served with the mandatory white rice and salad. Note the ratio rice:salad, quite the opposite to what I would normally eat (if I eat rice at all).
Chicken breast, fried egg, salad
My aunty also bought some yellow potato chips from a shop nearby for us to try with some chili sauce. Yellow potatoes have a unique flavour and texture, unlike anything you can find in Australia. That’s why we’re so obsessed to stuff our faces with them whenever we’re in Perú.
Yellow potato chips
C.C. Jockey Plaza
Javier Prado Este 4200 Surco