A foodie and a chef went for a nice dinner :)
Barranco District Travel Blog› entry 34 of 62 › view all entries
January 29th, 2010 – by: yadilitta
This restaurant in located in charming Barranco, which gave me the opportunity to show Robert another part of the city.
Finally it was 8pm, time for dinner and I (well actually we) was looking for this experience. Chala is a famous restaurant, which specialty is Peruvian cuisine, but a bit modernized. We were the first there. Our table was waiting for us and we were ready to start this gourmet journey. It was Robert's 2nd day in Lima and I wouldn't let him leave Lima without trying the famous Pisco Sour.
After a delicious start, we were ready for the menu! Mmm, the menu was quite big and we were taking our time to make a decision. We weren't in a rush, so we didn't have to order everything fast. Who's coming, now? Well, Robert asked me if it would be possible to meet the chef.
One of the best things of having a meal with Robert, besides of the great and fun conversations, was the fact that we were always sharing dishes. So, we were able to try more, hahaha. For appetizer #1 we ordered a tiradito (slices of fish) marinated in Cocona juice and yellow chili. It also comes with pieces of grilled octopus. Delicious!!! This dish was recommended by the chef and we could see why.
Well, let's go for appetizer #2. Since the one the chef recommended was so good, we decided to follow his advice again. We ordered the sausage one. Mmm, this sausage was made in a Peruvian style, since it has "achiote". The dish was very lovely presented, very clean. But, there was a lack of contrats in the flavors. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but not awesome as the other things we've already tried. I was thinking maybe it was just my impresion, since I'm not much into sausages. But that's how Robert felt.
But we didn't this small detail to discourage us. Not everything can be perfect. Let's go for the main dish. We both knew we wanted fish, that was a good start, but what to order... Robert was such a gentleman and let me order the dish.
We were getting full, but there was still some room left. Another entrée before dessert? Why not? Robert was thinking about a soup and this might be interesting. When the waiter came to take our order and change forks and plates for "n" time, hahaha, I asked him about the soup, but they didn't have it available. Oh no! Well, this was the signal to know we should go for dessert. I love sweets, but there's one thing I don't eat: chocolate. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but my body doesn't tolerate it very well.
After checking all the options very carefully we went for the Cheesecake one. No, it wasn't a regular cheesecake. It was a sampler with 3 desserts: the cheesecake, cinnamon ice cream and membrillo (I think it's quince in English). You know that sometimes desserts are not as great as the appetizers and entrees, but here they were! Well, at least the one we ordered. It was 1st time for both of us having warm cheesecake, what an awesome idea! The cinnamon ice cream was creamy and not too sweet. And the membrillo, yummy! I love its texture and sourness. That was the perfect way to end a delicious dinner.
Our original plan was to go and listen some live music after dinner, but it took us much longer than expected. It has been a looong day full of new experiences and flavors and it'd be better to have some time to digest everything (including the food of course). We could leave the music for Saturday. Robert has already arranged for the morning, but we'd meet when he was back in Miraflores. Look forward to hang out with Robert again and keep on having fun!
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