come for the food, it’s worth a taxi ride

Caution: this is not a food travel blog, but you may want to travel for food afterwards.

In all of South America, it would be hard to argue that any country has better, more distinct food than Peru.  Consequently, over the last several years, many top chefs have opened fusion restaurants in Lima.  Two are in the top 20 on the world’s best 50 restaurant list.

The country has the largest percentage of micro climates in the world, making the variety of year-round fruits and produce unequalled.  The abundance of rich seafood and colorful aji peppers turned into complex and delicious sauces make going to any one of hundreds of cevicherías a treat to look forward to.  Add hundreds of varieties of delectable potatoes, Andian grains, and varied non-seafood creole dishes (like anticucho), the combination of choices and flavors is extensive.

The food is so much more varied than the photos in this post, but the ceviche, tiradito, and causa had me hooked.

these papayas are a lot larger than they appear, and so so sweet.

these papayas are larger than they appear, and so so sweet.

causa, filled with crab meat surrounded with different flavored aji.

causa filled with crab meat surrounded with different flavored aji.

tuna tartare

tuna tartare

uni or erizo ceviche

uni or erizo (sea urchin) ceviche

combo aji tiradito with maki fish from the north

suspire with espresso. omg

suspiro, majar blanco w/egg yokes, washed down with espresso

local pisco soaking in fruit

local pisco soaking in fruit

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off the coast of Lima

a different version of tiradito

a different version of tiradito, cojinova fish in different sauces

leche de tigre, with a few pieces of fish

leche de tigre and chicha morada (from corn)

ceviche of black conchas.

ceviche of black conchas.

GV with her son and gf

GV with her son and gf, and of course a few pisco sours

one of many paintings in a gallery connected to a side street cevercheria.

one of many paintings in a gallery connected to a side street ceverchería.

a plate of suspiros of lucuma, with port infused

a plate of lucuma suspiros, with port infused meringue

tiradito in rocoto aja

tiradito in rocoto aji

ceviche

covina ceviche

cause

cause of pulpo

mini tiraditos

mini tiraditos

baked and salted

baked and salted canchitas

a plate full of ceviche conchas

a plate full of ceviche conchas

mini-causes of different flavors

mini-causes of different flavors

lemon tort

lemon tart

mixed ceviche

mixed ceviche

tort of lucuma

tort of lucuma

tiradito

ceviche with rocoto

combo of ceviche and tiradito

combo of ceviche, tiradito, causa

combo of causes

combo of mixed causas

two beautiful crab meat causas

two beautiful crab meat causes with different potatoes

tacu tacu, one of the best I've seen, and tasted

tacu tacu, one of the best I’ve seen, and tasted

live flowers on every table of a simple cafe

live flowers on every table of a simple cafe

cocada, with ......

coconut cocada, with major blanco

volcano, chocolate explosion

volcano, chocolate explosion

got to hold a new baby only a few hours old

holding a new baby, Joaquín, only a few hours old