Fitzcarraldo - Via Gourmet
Napo #100 - 116, Iquitos, Peru
Fitzcarraldo - Via Gourmet Iquitos Reviews
Gourmet Restaurant in Iquitos - Fitzcarraldo Nov 23, 2009
As its name says "Via Gourmet", this restaurant is a gourmet type, but it doesn't mean it's expensive - although not as cheap as the others in the area.
It's very well located right on the Malecon, with a view of the Nanay river, and a few blocks away from the Main Square. Since the minute you walk inside, you'll notice the difference between this place and other local restaurants.
Decoration is sort of modern, minimalist, but colorful. High ceilings from an old house match very well with the new furniture. There are a couple of tables outside, but from inside you can watch part of the kitchen and how they cook the food.
This restaurant is the only one that's part of the gourmet tour guide in the country and they really do their best to be part of this book. Not only their dishes taste very good, but also the presentation is great! They care about every detail.
We came here for our first meal in Iquitos and was a great choice. To drink we had a local juice: camu - camu, wich was refreshing and tasty. As appetizer we ordered the "tacacho" mashed plantain and yuca with some pork. Usually it's a big ball, but here they made small balls called "tacachitos". So cute! The problem with the tacacho is that this can be greasy, but here it was perfect!
Main dishes were:
-Chonta Souffle: chonta is the palm tree heart. Usually you'll find a salad of this veggie, but here they bake it and serve it in a small clay pot. It's warm, soft, fluffy without an overwhelming flavor... yummy! This was the 1st time I saw this dish and I'm wondering if I'd be able to find it in Lima... Delicious!!!
-Patarashca: Local river fish wrapped with Banana leaves and grilled. All the Amazon flavor! Fish is good and the combination with the banana leaves and peppers is amazing. This dish is pretty easy to find in the area, but definitely this restaurant makes a great one. As side they serve palm heart and plantains.
Prices are higher than the restaurants nearby, but it's worth it. You are paying for a whole experience: nice concept, good atmosphere, great location, really good service and delicious dishes.
Make this restaurant part of your list of places to visit in Iquitos.
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