One day we were brave enough to go to Barranco. Not because it’s a bad neighbourhood, but because it would take forever to get there, given the crazy traffic conditions in Lima. Anyway, we made it on time to Las Vecinas Eco Bar, a healthy cafe that had good reviews. Once there we weren’t very excited with the menu, so it was only drinks for us while we waited for our friend Julio. Alvaro’s limonada de granadilla (granadilla limeade) was great, especially because it didn’t have any sugar. There was panela on the table for those who like their beverages sweet.
Limonada de granadilla, americano
Once Julio arrived we went across the corner to Isolina a Peruvian restaurant that a friend had recommended. The vibe alone was better than in the other cafe, and the menu was short but promising.
We started with a jug of chicha morada, which tasted exactly like the one my mum made on my birthday when I was a kid.
Chicha morada (S/. 20, $8.42)
Plates were expensive for a reason: they were gigantic, designed to share. We ordered pepián de choclo con chicharrón de costillar de cerdo (corn stew with fried pork ribs), which was awesome. I liked the texture of this pepián better than the one at La Picantería, and the dish had great taste.
Pepián de choclo con chicharrón de costillar de cerdo (S/. 65, $27.37)
To round up lunch, we ordered ensalada mixta (mixed salad) that was also generously served and well dressed.
Ensalada mixta (S/. 15, $6.32)
We skipped dessert and moved to an organic cafe that Julio recommended: La Bodega Verde.
This cafe again had better vibe than the first one, and, most importantly, wifi. It was social media catch-up along with another americano for me, a jugo de lúcuma y plátano (lúcuma and banana juice) for Alvaro and carrot cake and coffee for Julio.
Jugo de lúcuma y plátano (S/. 11, $4.63)
Café americano (S/. 7, $2.95)
Carrot cake (S/. 11, $4.63)
As we all needed to go to Miraflores later, we walked alongside the coast line for a bit of fresh(er) air and to prep our guts for our next eating appointments. Being away from the chaos of the city for a few hours was one of the highlights of this trip for me.
That night we met friends from uni for dinner at Edo Sushi Bar.
Chris, Alvaro and I had some drinks while waiting for Kathy and her husband Giancarlo. The walk from Barranco had stimulated our appetite, so we also ordered tuna nigiri and usuzukuri estilo nikkei (seared tuna slices with “acevichado” sauce).
Sake, green tea
Usuzukuri estilo nikkei(S/. 35, $14.74)
For our “main” course, Alvaro and I shared sashimi moriawase (12 fish cuts and 9 seafood cuts) and the good old seaweed salad.
Sashimi moriawase (S/. 53, $22.31)
Seaweed salad (S/. 19, $8.00)
The others shared two paquetes (packages), the first with 8 sashimi cuts, 10 sushi pieces and 20 maki pieces (S/. 109, $45.89), and the second one with 6 sashimi cuts, 8 sushi pieces, 10 maki pieces, and 1 hot dish (S/. 109, $45.89). In both you can mix and match. The hot dish they chose, panceta con puré de wasabi (pork belly with wasabi mash) was a winner.
Panceta con puré de wasabi
The sweet end of the meal was tempura de plátano (banana tempura), served with vanilla ice cream.
Tempura de plátano
Las Vecinas Eco Bar
Domeyer 219, Barranco
+51 1 4773253
Av San Martin 101, Barranco
La Bodega Verde
Jiron Mariscal Jose Antonio de Sucre 335A, Barranco
+51 1 2478804
Edo Sushi Bar
Calle Berlin 601, Miraflores
+51 1 2432448