Our friends Victor and Vivi, who live in Belgium, happened to be in Lima at the same time as us. We met for lunch at ámaZ, a gourmet spin on food from the jungle by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, who also owns Malabar.
There was a jar of ajíes encurtidos (pickled chilies) and salsa criolla on the table to spice up the food.
Most dishes come in two sizes: whole and half. We ordered a half serve of cecina a la grilla (salted and dried pork tenderloin served with majado – cooked plantain that is mashed and mixed with pork chicharrón). A more refined version of the classic “cecina con tacacho”, very tasty but not for big appetites.
Cecina a la grilla (S/. 48, $20.43 for 1/2 serve)
We also shared a half serve of abruto tu paiche (grilled river fish served on a mash made with a fruit called “aguaje”, with chorizo and sweet chili sauce). Again, nice flavours, delicate presentation but not huge.
Abruto tu paiche (S/. 75, $31.93 for 1/2 serve)
Later on we met Alvaro’s kung fu teacher for a chat and a snack. We went to Don Belisario, a Peruvian BBQ chicken/grill franchise. Alvaro and I shared a plate of anticuchos (marinated cow heart, served with potatoes and corn). Not bad.
Anticuchos (S/. 15.90, $6.77)
Then we went to the Buddhist centre and had post-meditation drinks at our regular: Huaringas Bar.
We had a few chilcanos (a drink made traditionally with pisco, ginger ale, lime juice and bitters). We tried a few flavours: brujo de camu camu (quebranta pisco infused with coca leafs with a fruit called camu camu), sauco (a berry), mandarina & kión (mandarin & ginger), and aguaymanto & hierbabuena (a fruit called aguaymanto & mint). All delish.
Chilcanos (S/. 22, $9.36 each)
Nibbles included yuquitas (cassava in slices, chips and balls) and anticuchos. Good stuff.
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