If there’s anything I can say about my trip to Peru is the food was AMAZING. I had never had Peruvian food before and to be honest, I am not one to be experimental or liberal about my food choices. I tend to stick to what I like and even though I say I like to try new foods, my 6 year old self comes out when I tend to not like something. In comparison to myself, my husband LOVES food, loves trying new things and is never wary of trying things that may make him sick. This actually tends to be a problem, which is why I always travel with all kinds of medicine and I tend to be a little paranoid of eating food in the street more when I know that we will be climbing a mountain in few days.
I do come from Mexico, so our last trip to Mexico my husband was in a food coma over all food and he was most excited about eating pretty much everything in Peru. I tried to research some restaurants before our arrival and I didn’t really have much luck, so it was really going to be the luck of the draw. Luckily, everywhere we went had delicious food at a great price.
One of the only things that I noticed or had a problem at first was the waiting time, but this was in every restaurant we went to. Coming from the US, I am used to waiting 15 minutes max for my food to arrive at the table, in Peru, the average wait was 35-45 minutes everywhere we went. After a while, we got used it and actually enjoyed it a bit more, but the first few days it was a little strange, but the more you think about it, it makes sense, since everything is made right there and well food usually takes more than 10 minutes to make out of scratch.
One of my favorite dishes I had in Peru was the ceviche, I had already eaten this in Mexico, but the way the Peruvians make it is to die for and 100% different than Mexican ceviche. On our last day in Lima we went to a restaurant called La Mar based on a friend’s recommendation. Even though everywhere we went the food was delicious, this one was most worthwhile. We waited 50 minutes to be seated since they do not take any reservations. They only serve ceviche for lunch or late lunch. The restaurant is very stylishly designed inside, but if you were driving by you would have never known because it looks just like a concrete square with no windows. It has a cool bamboo roof that allows you to have a patio experience while still inside. It is a seafood restaurant, and even though my husband doesn’t like fish he loved every single dish we had. It was fresh, and they had all the ceviche options you could think of from tuna, sea bass, octopus, Dover sole, salmon and mixtures of them all. Their dessert and drink menu also had a great selection! For a meal and service we had at the restaurant I was expecting our bill to be pretty big, but to my surprise again, it wasn’t. The food is reasonably priced at about $ 12 a dish, which is considered expensive in Lima, since you can get a great meal for two with drink, dessert and appetizer for less than $20 everywhere in the city.
I was surprised to come home and learn that La Mar has actually expanded to the US, so if you don’t find yourself in Peru any time soon to go to the original La Mar and you find yourself in Miami or San Francisco definitely check it out! I don’t promise the awesome prices found in Lima but you’ll at least get a reservation.