Lima received us with unexpected warm weather. Luckily, we had packed enough t-shirts and enjoyed the sun on our skins as we spent some time by the sea in Miraflores with our friend Julio.
We had lunch with him at a hidden organic cafe called Homemade. It looks like one of many small restaurants set up in houses selling set menus (a.k.a. “menú”) but food is much better (and expensive) than most of them. They’re vego-friendly, too.
They served us complimentary spicy popcorn, a unique twist on the complimentary cancha (toasted but not popped corn kernels) that are usually served in many local restaurants.
Spicy pop corn
The boys ordered a mango frozen (like a slushie, but with real fruit) and a choco power smoothie (cacao, banana, coconut milk, and cacao nibs).
Frozen de mango (S/. 8.00, $3.38), smoothie choco power (S/. 12.50, $)
Alvaro and I shared the saltado y montado (stir-fried prawns and beef tenderloin, served with potato, sweet potato fries, and fried egg) that perhaps had a less than ideal starch:meat ratio but was delicious anyway.
Saltado y montado (S/. 29.50, $12.48)
We also shared a ensalada fresca (lettuce mix with avocado, toamto, cucumber, carrot, radish, and soft white cheese) to get our (my) veggie fix. Restaurants of the world, please take note: this is the correct size of a decent salad.
Ensalada fresca (S/. 18.50, $7.82)
Julio had a lomito al teriyaki sandwich (pork tenderloin “al cilindro” with avocado, homemade teriyaki and sesame seeds in a ciabatta roll, served with mixed greens) that didn’t disappoint.
Sandwich de lomito al teriyaki (S/. 19.50, $8.25)
We had had enough but we were walking distance from Cremoladas Curich, an establishment that I’ve been wanting to try forever. Cremolada is like an slushie but again, made with real fruit, and less liquid (i.e. you eat it with a spoon).
They offer cremoladas made with several native fruits in both regular and diet (sweetened with Stevia) versions.
Granadilla and lúcuma cremoladas (S/. 5.50, $2.33 each)
Later that night we went for dinner with my sister and her husband to Osso, a butcher/restaurant in the posh suburb La Molina. Seems like the meat obsession has hit globally, which is a good thing.
We didn’t have any alcohol that night, but a few limeades with lemongrass.
Limeade with lemongrass
We started with BBQ chicken wings, followed by a couple of grilled meats (colita de cuadril and entraña fina, both Angus), plus Osso salad (mixed lettuce, Osso ham, egg and balsamic vinagrette) and rustic potato fries (twice-fried quartered yellow potatoes). Everything was excellent, and I’m glad we ordered two different cuts to try.
BBQ chicken wings (S/. 24, $10.15)
Osso salad (S/. 24, $10.15)
Colita de cuadril (S/. 75, $31.72), papas fritas rústicas (S/. 16, $6.77)
Entraña fina (S/. 89, $37.64)
The chili sauces provided on the table were good stuff, too, much better than regular Tabasco.
My sister ordered a capuccino (yes, it looked like sloppy latte art, and where’s the chocolate powder?) and we got some petit fours made of mini meringues joined by caramel with quinoa and smoked ham. They were as amazing as they sound, although my traditional sister did not enjoy the taste at all.
Calle Henry Revett 259 Miraflores
+51 1 4459913
Calle Bolognesi 759 Miraflores
+51 1 2434387