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.
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.
What more can be said – alas!