In a nutshell:
An unusual restaurant attempting to serve very good unusual food (In context of cuisine that Indian restaurants serve).
Address & other details: Lima
Meal for 2: 2000 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
We read about this restaurant from a post by our Foodie friend Aalok & were tempted to visit soon. The visit turned out to be very satisfying.
The restaurant had a large interior but sparse. There was a lot of excess space on the floor.
The chandeliors were interesting.
The ceiling with its green color & texture stood out.
The grill doors running thruout the walls surely made it stand out.
And of course the dark yet bright blue kitchen area.
The Service boy was pretty slow to understand. We struggled a bit with him initially. The Manager however was very helpful & warm.
Menu was small but the menu card was very easy to read & had detailed description of food.
We loved the food.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We started the afternoon with Peru cremolada – guava slush with a zing of red chilly. Lovely slush that started fireworks inside the mouth as soon as it landed there. Full flavours of guava and the spicy salt on the rim made a difference. Just the slush without the spice was nice and balanced due to a Citrus effect that they cud incorporate. Rate it 4.5/5
Watermelon aguas Fresca – spiced with wasabi is what the menu card read. The drink came out as a subtle good drink when we drank from an open edge of the glass and it tasted spicy and hot when sipped with the spicy salt on the rim. Wasabi effect was an aftertaste. We Rated it 3/5 as we took the first few sips. However as we kept sipping we realized that the intensity was increasing & flavors were expressing themselves better. Started loving it. Rate it 4/5 finally.
For starter we had Seabass ceviche – It was raw fish chunks that got cooked in lemon juice. Served with a bunch of onions, this dish was very nice. A note of caution – u might not like it if u r not a fish lover. Rate it 4.25/5
Mushroom ceviche had enoki, oyster mushroom, trumpet, shimeji, shiitake mushrooms in ponzu reduction. Sesame made its presence felt. Awesome dish with mushrooms that appealed more to a carnivore than the fish did. Mushrooms had lovely texture and the reduction was to remember. Rate it 4.5/5
Grilled Chicken liver with Andean herb chimmichurri. This was awesome. The marination was just too good to taste and so was the flavours. The pieces were almost charred at the end and that made it very good. Rate it 4.5/5
We tried atlantic scallop tiradito with aji rocoto (a Peruvian Hot bell pepper) & pickled cucumber. The pickled cucumber was very interesting to munch on. The sauce was very interesting. Loved the flavors.
Scallops were excellent. Overall the dish was very good but somewhere it missed something that cud have made it excellent. Rate it 4/5
For main course we had chocharron – pork ribs. They were very simple yet very good to taste. Perfectly cooked – crisp outside, soft within. There was a mouthful of good meat flavor. Loved the meat as it is & also with the thick fat layer. Rate it 4.5/5
Must mention that chocharron – pork ribs the regular knife that they gave with the meat was not appropriate to use on a small plate with edges. One had to hold the knife too vertical to saw the meat and the fat. Wud recommend that the Management takes note of this & make the eating a bit easy.
For dessert we had English bread and butter pudding. It did not stand out at all in front of its formidable co-dishes. It was too sweet, there was no burnt effect on the top etc. Rate it 2/5.
Last we had 70% dark chocolate mousse. That was excellent. Dark, intense and just too good. It had a molten chocolate filling. Rate it 4.5/5
Overall rating of food at Lima averages out to 4/5
Wud surely revisit to try out the rest of the dishes.