Last week in Lima and we still had people to see and things to do. Our friends Marlene and Jaime, who lived in Sydney for a while, had been away on holidays, but luckily came back before we left. We had lunch with them at La Picantería, one of the restaurants we really wanted to try. We had been at chef Hector Solis’ other restaurant Fiesta before, so expectations were high.
The restaurant is located in a low SES suburb and mimics a traditional “picantería”, only with better cuisine and higher price tags. As always, we were welcomed with a bowl of cancha.
Drinks-wise they had jugo de granadilla (granadilla juice). If you go to Peru and see it in the menu, do yourself a favour and order it.
Jugo de granadilla
We ordered a bunch of food to share. Sardines are not a typically served with causa (spiced mashed potatoes), but I really liked the causa de sardinas.
Causa de sardinas (S/. 29, $12.36)
The cebiche was made super fresh with great quality fish but for some reason it wasn’t my favourite.
Chita a la parrilla (grilled chita – chita being the name of the fish) was much better than the cebiche IMO. Lots of flesh, awesome flavour. It came with yuca frita (cassava chips) and arroz con choclo (rice with corn).
Chita a la parrilla
We also had pepián de choclo, ají amarillo y queso de la casa (a corn-based stew, with yellow chili and cheese) that came in a massive salad bowl. Check the size in the photo below, with my iPhone 4 as a reference. This version of pepián was way more fluid and smooth than the homemade version, which texture I prefer, but the taste was great.
Pepián de choclo, ají amarillo y queso de la casa (S/. 29, $12.36)
The last dish, which we couldn’t finish, was pata al horno en su jugo (1/2 roasted female duck with jus), served with arroz con pallares (rice with lima beans) or arroz con choclo (rice with corn).
Pata al horno en su jugo
What to do when you are absolutely stuffed but the restaurant manager sends complimentary dessert because they know the chef friend you’re eating with? We ended our meal with several spoonfuls of crema volteada (crème caramel), and our friends enjoyed the torta de galletas (biscuit cake).
Torta de galletas
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