Day 4 | Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tonight we are venturing out to Larcomar, a shopping mall located in the Miraflores District of Lima, recommended by Bruno (a guy Steve met in the Lima office of his company). It is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is open air. It honestly feels a bit like a mall in California. It is made up of more than 70 stores that contain Peruvian jewelry, alpaca apparel, Peruvian hand crafts and all the best stores we used to find in Portland in the 80s and 90s. Stores like Puma, Timberland, Banana Republic, Converse, Guess, Esprit, and Swatch. They also boast 17 restaurants with Peruvian and International food, several with renowned chefs. If you google best restaurants in Peru it doesn’t take long to find chef Gastón Acurio Jaramillo and the 6 different restaurants he has masterminded. Tanta is one of his restaurants and is one of the many options available at Larcomar so we decided to give it a try. Fortunately, Bruno had let us know that most restaurants have menus in English, you just have to ask for them. Upon greeting the hostess we asked for our menus in English and she pointed us in the direction of a table we could claim. We still aren’t used to the fact that they don’t seat you at restaurants here. You just walk in and claim any open table that you want.
Tanta takes traditional Peruvian homestyle dishes and puts a modern twist on them. We decided to share a dish called sancochadote which is brisket with potatoes, fava beans, corn, manioc, chickpeas, sauces and brisket stock. Steve ordered a fresh squeezed juice called doña luisa which is pineapple, lemongrass and orange and I ordered a spearmint lemonade. The food was so fresh and incredible. I apologize for not taking any pictures of our meal or us eating at Tanta. It just didn’t even occur to us because it isn’t something that we normally do. We have found a new favorite place to eat though so I am sure there will be another meal in the future to document and share.