In 19th century Peru, picanterías were neighbourhood restaurants where workers met up at lunchtime. Today, in the Surquillo de Lima district, chef Héctor Solís brings the tradition up to date with his restaurant La Picantería. The turquoise blue walls, wooden bar and two long tables covered in vinyl tablecloths encourage passing tourists to sit down side-by-side with locals.
The blackboard may have fish or seafood that you can try, depending on the catch of the day. Today there is monkfish, merlin, sea urchins, crab and sea scallops. Next you can choose how the chef will prepare it, in ceviche, jaladito or fried, as you like. Accompany your meal with a glass of chicha de jora, a typically Peruvian drink similar to beer.
Francisco Moreno 388
Esquina Con Cuadra 6 de Gonzales Prada
+51 (0)1 241 6676
Menu: around 90 PEN