We went for lunch with mum and my sister’s husband to Catalina 555, a place that I had never heard of, but that was recommended by a friend. They do Peruvian food in big portions, designed to share.
We ordered lomo saltado a lo pobre (beef stir-fry, served with fried egg and fried plantain). They had used a small banana known as “plátano manzano” instead of sliced plantains, which I didn’t mind, but Alvaro seemed disappointed about the swap. Nevertheless, we all enjoyed the dish.
Lomo saltado a lo pobre (S/. 45, $19.33)
Next came pato al ají (1/2 female duck cooked with chilies, served with cassava and rice with corn). This dish was also very flavourful, I would be hard-pressed to choose a favourite between this and the lomo.
Pato al ají (S/. 65, $27.92)
Finally, we ordered the catch of the day, which happened to be lenguado (sole). We ordered it frito al ajo (fried with garlic), but failed to check if it was floured prior to frying. It was, so Alvaro and I had to refrain from eating the crunchy skin. I found the fish a bit on the dry side, which wasn’t a problem once I smothered it with the provided garlic-infused clarified butter.
Lenguado frito al ajo (S/. 100, $42.96)
That night we met some friends from a software development company I worked for a long time ago. We went to El Bolivariano, a restaurant/bar that is best known as an after-work drinks destination, but that does fairly good Peruvian food, too.
They had 2×1 chilcanos, so I had one with ciruela and one with aguaymanto (both native fruits).
Chilcano de ciruela (S/. 12.50, $5.37)
Chilcano de aguaymanto (S/. 12.50, $5.37)
My friends ordered some sharing platters, for example piqueo Precursor with anticuchos (marinated beef heart), cassava and tamalito verde (made with corn and coriander).
Piqueo Precursor (S/. 34, $14.60)
The waiter forgot our order and when we ordered again, he said they didn’t have what we wanted. We ended up having a jamón and a chicharrón sandwich, both without bread, and a ensalada de legumbres (cooked vegetable salad). More than enough for both of us.
Jamón (S/. 12, $5.15)
Chicharrón (S/. 13, $5.58)
Ensalada de legumbres
Alvaro had eyed the dessert table but we didn’t have space for any, fortunately.
Av. Santa Catalina 555, La Victoria
51 1 637 2659 / 51 1 637 2689
Calle Rosa Toledo 291, Pueblo Libre
+51 1 2619565