Robert's last day in Peru ended up with a delicious dinner, perfect way to do it :)
Lima Travel Blog› entry 36 of 62 › view all entries
February 25th, 2010 – by: yadilitta
Robert was arriving to Lima around 6pm. We agreed I'd pick up him at the terminal. I knew that terminal, but it wasn't located in one of my favorite areas. In fact I was a bit worried about driving there, but since it was summer time and days were longer, that shouldn't be an issue.
I didn't have to wait long for him, just 15min. Everything was perfect, the only challenge might be the traffic, which was crazy busy. It was so good to meet him after such a long time. He had many stories to tell and there wasn't that much time. Well, somehow it was good that the traffic was so bad, that gave us time to chat, hahaha. We had sometime before dinner, so we drove to my house so he could fresh up and check his flight. As bonus he was able to meet Gunther - so bad I didn't take a picture of this moment :(
The restaurant Robert chose for his last meal in Lima was a great one! It has been reviewed many times and is recommended by several people including other chefs.
Everything was looking perfect! The only problem would be to choose our dishes and enjoy them without taking so much time since Robert had to catch a flight at 11:40pm. We'd have to hurry up on deciding. We didn't want t rush the dinner. We both take eating seriously, hehehe. When the waiter came with the menus, I asked for the drinks' one. We had to make a toast! Pisco was a must. I got the house drink "Pisco Punch" with has pisco (Peruvian liquor), pineapple syrup and water - very refreshing, perfect for summer - and Robert got the "Tunche" which has pisco and Cocona (a fruit from the rainforest that Robert really liked when he tried first in Lima), plus other things.
While we were waiting for our drinks, we started to check the menu. Oh oh, this would be quite a challenge. All the dishes looked amazing! Our drinks were here, let's get this party started!!! It wasn't easy to decide for an appetizer, but we finally did. We had to keep a close look at the time, we might not have much. So, it was a good idea to choose our appetizers and main dish. We would order 2 appetizers (yes besides the one we ordered with the drinks, hehehe) but just 1 main dish.
The waiter was impatient and kept on asking the whole time if we were ready with the order. I found this a bit annoying, but then I understood why he was acting like that. He wanted to have our whole order, so he could bring the dishes in the proper order. Another waiter came with a complimentary basket with breads and some olives.
Then the waiter came. He brought first the 2 appetizers with fish, since their flavors were lighter. I think there was a misunderstanding here, both dishes were similar, consisting in raw fish. I noticed Robert was a bit disappointed of our decision and so was I, but it turned to be not bad at all. We asked for a tiradito (slices of raw fish) with tumbo juice (tumbo is a local fruit which he tried his 1st time in Lima, we even used it for a salad dressing).
Food was amazing and everything tasted delicious. The juice of the tiradito was so good, I felt bad not having a piece of sweet potato to soak into that juice... Ok, let's have a glass of wine. Robert ordered his favorite: "Tempranillo". I think this was the 1st time I was having that wine and it was a great surprise.
Then the waiter came with our main dish and the 1st appetizer we ordered... It was weird, but worked perfect. He said the chef recommended to do it so. Ok... Well, it was a very good idea to bring both dishes together. The appetizer was a caramelized rocoto (spicy bell pepper) stuffed with black pudding and rice. It wasn't spicy at all, but with a hint of sweetness and a flavor that might have overwhelmed the fish. I have tried this "rocoto relleno" (stuffed bell pepper) many times, but this one was different. It was awesome!!!
Ok, now the main dish. For entrée we'd have pork. We ordered it mostly because we were intrigued by its side, which according to the waiter's explanation was a puree of eggplant and banana.
The waiter came with the dessert menu, but we were running out of time. We didn't have time for dessert, but for killing the wine, hehehe. We finished our glasses and in the way out I was about taking a pic of the bar, when another waiter offered to take one from both of us, nice! That would be the perfect pic for the end of this entry. I was feeling happy about having been able to meet Robert, but at same time sad.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!