Adios a la ristorante Punto Blanco, Barranco

I visited Lima three times in the last couple of years.  I had two favourite restaurants, Punto Blanco on the Circuito de Playas, Barranco and Bodega de la Trattoria by the Huaca Pucllana on Avenida General Borgono.

Punto Blanco was the most favourite because it was on the promenade facing the Pacific Ocean.  My photographs don’t show it clearly but it was a curious one storey cylindrical structure, almost like  a huge gun emplacement.

Punto Blanco - terrace

The covered terrace of the now defunct Ristorante Punto Blanco, Circuito de Playas, Barranco

The first time I went I ordered from the a la carte menu as opposed to choosing from the huge  buffet.  Possibly a mistake, but the starter was a wonderful theatrical moment.  Not knowing Peruvian Spanish very well I risked a Festival of Causas as my starter.  Well, when it arrived it caused  my companion to indulge in slight hysteria.  As you will see when I eventually load the photo why the hoots. A causa is cylinder of fondant potato, usually the Peruvian yellow variety (papa amarilla) and stuffed  with a variety of delicacies from chicken to squid.  My festival of causas looked like yellow stumpy phalluses with curiously coloured excrescences.  My dining companion thought it was a wind up.  He thought it was the most camp starter he had ever seen.

Friends visiting Lima recently say the restaurant is now closed.  God knows what they did wrong!  They were always busy when I was there and I must have been 3 times a week when in Lima.  Perhaps they didn’t pay the right kind of bills.

A Festival of Causas - Punto Blanco, Barranco

A Festival of Causas - Punto Blanco, Barranco

Waitress with a Festival of Causas

Waitress with a Festival of Causas

Interior Punto Blanco

Interior Punto Blanco

 

Mixed plate of conchitas, camote, ceviche and salad, Punto Blanco

Mixed plate of conchitas, camote, ceviche and salad, Punto Blanco

Interior Punto Blanco

Interior Punto Blanco

The author

The author

What more can be said – alas!

About Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes. Childhood spent in Milford-on-Sea. Now lives in West Bay Bridport (recent move)Educated in Art Schools - Winchester, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Worked as art administrator: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Midland Group, Nottingham; West Midlands Arts, Birmingham; Gateshead Garden Festival; Arts Council; Minories Art Gallery, Colchester; West Midland Arts. Also involved with the former Limpets Restaurant. Keen sailor.
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