Restaurant-Lounge Chala Barranco District Reviews
Great fusion cuisine and lovely atmosphere at Chala Jan 29, 2010
Peruvian cuisine is becoming more and more famous everyday. So, it's not a surprise to find several good restaurants and this one is not the exception. The chef likes to cook the traditional recipes with a twist of modernity (including new techniques) and his own creativity, plus a bit of international ingredients.
The restaurant is located in the bohemian area of Barranco under the Suspiros bridge, on the path going to the beach. This location is really lovely. The building is an old house that has been restored and redesigned inside, becoming a trendy restaurant with a cool decoration. Nice bar and chairs at the lounge area. The dinner area has nice tables and a trendy / elegant atmosphere.
Now let's talk about the food. Its menu is quite wide, offering several options. They have a cocktail menu with different cocktails with pisco (Peruvian liquor) besides the common ones. I recommend trying the traditional Pisco Sour. Also they have appetizers which would match perfect a cocktails night. We tried the "Tequeños del Colca". Tequenos are popular appetizers here, but the interesting part of this version was the dipping sauce. It wasn't the guacamole, not even a sauce, it was a foam of the classic huacatay (a local herb) sauce. Delicious! Plus the stuffing of the tequenos was high quality as well.
We were lucky to meet the chef and he suggested us to try the following appetizers:
-Tiradito Bajada de Banos: slices of fish with a dressing made with yellow pepper and cocona fruit. The yellow pepper sauce is something usual, but not the cocona. This Amazon touch was great and the fish was so fresh, awesome!
-Enrollado Huachano: made with the Huacho sausage, a sausage that contains achiote. It also came with mashed potatoes and plantains. The dish was good, but not outstanding. I liked the spheric pineapple, which was like a balloon. When you chew it, the pineapple juice is released. Nice touch!
For entrée we had:
-Cauche del Litoral: grilled fish with seafood. It was very yummy. All the ingredients were perfectly cook, although all of them required different times. The fish skin was crispy and tasty. The seafood is so typical from the coast, but not the tarragon which gave the dish a special and delicious taste.
We ate quite a lot, but saved some room for the dessert. We shared:
-Marmoleado de Suspiros: it was a sampler of 3 desserts. A warm cheesecake, cinnamon ice cream and membrillo (quince) in port. Cheesecake is a common dessert, but besides tasting very good it was served warm! What a great idea! Cinnamon ice cream was refreshing and not too sweet and the sourness of the quince gave the dish a nice contrast.
All the flavors were great, but also the presentation of the dishes deserves a special mention. Also all the names of the dishes are related to the coast and Barranco. Actually Chala itself means coast.
Staff was friendly and always wanting to help you, chef was so kind to come to our table, but I think they were a bit unorganized. It might have been better if we'd have had just one waiter. Although having different people caring about us was nice too.
Yes, this place is not cheap, but it's a great experience and definitely worth it. I'm so glad that I tried it for 1st time with Robert. I think sharing this experience with a chef, made it even more special.
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