401, Lima, Peru
La Doceava Lima Reviews
Delicious fish and seafood with live music during the weekend - La Doceava Apr 20, 2010
This place La Doceava (the 12th) was founded as La Onceava (11th), but after growing and moving they changed the name.
It is located in Barranco. The neighborhood might not be the best one, but the block is just about fish & seafood restaurants. From all the restaurants there, this is the biggest one, almost with more customers and with live music during the weekends. Specially on sunny Saturdays and Sundays, there are always lines of people waiting to get a table.
I have heard about this place several times, but never had the opportunity to go. Until my colleague was in town and we wanted to try a new place in a different neighborhood. We were lucky to get a table even when the place was crowded.
They have tables outdoors and also indoors. When it is warm, the tables outside are the best. On weekends there is a bartender going from table to table to offer you a pisco sour (Peruvian cocktail) and fixing it in front of you.
The menu is large and mostly about fish and seafood, with a couple of exceptions. As appetizer we ordered the "trio de causas" which is a platter with 3 types of the traditional causa (layers of mashed potato stuffed with fish or seafood). It was very good and it had a special touch, a shrimp brochette on top, delicious!!! As main dish, I ordered the tiradito (slices of fish) with a red pepper sauce. It was very good, not too spicy, perfect balance! Tim got lobster with tacu tacu (a mix of rice and beans). This dish was massive!
Food was very tasty and the service was very good too. The staff was polite and helpful even when they were really busy. Next day was the International Woman's day and they were giving all the women a rose, how sweet!
This place is famous for the causa (tried it) and the black mussels, but I haven't tried them yet. I guess I might have to go back to try them, hehe.
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