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“Chronicle of a Lunch Foretold”
Review of La Nueva Palomino

La Nueva Palomino
Ranked #14 of 428 Restaurants in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Peruvian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 22, 2014

When your Peruvian seat mate on the Lima-Arequipa flight, a 30 year veteran of the airlines and your airport cab drivers both wax rhapsodic about Arequipa's food and tell you that lunching at La Nueva Palomino is a must------well, you're going to go.

We waited until the Monday after Easter to have lunch there, assuming that we'd avoid the Holy Week crowds. Wrong.

The place was packed and we were led through room after room in the sprawling restaurant until we picked a thatched roofed partially open round room rapidly filling with large family groups and businessmen.

When we asked a waiter if Monday was also a holiday, he said no, it's always like this at the Palomino. Another good sign.

La Nueva Palomino is a picanteria, unique to Arequipa, that serves the traditional foods of the region, which include things like guinea pig (cuy) and fried cows udder (but not on the day we were there), stews and lots of barbecued meats.

Our order included the must try, Rocoto Relleno (a large hot red pepper stuffed with a spiced ground meat) and to sooth a seared palate, an accompaniment of pastel de papas (a potato gratin). Very delicious. The other dish was Trucha Frita, a very large pink trout with a red powdered seasoning. Superb.

The setting, the great food and the waitresses in traditional costumes, made us feel like culinary anthropologists, digging deep into Arequipa's links with its colonial and agrarian past.

Oh yes, La Nueva Palomino, like all picanterias, is only open for lunch (11-5:30 daily).

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

My family and I went to this Picanteria in the Yanahuara district in Arequipa after reading the review in Lonely Planet. The place is filled with local people mostly family as we went there on Sunday. The food was really and came in big portions so please be careful when you order. The 4 of us ordered the Special Palomino for S55 which contains variety of food. We also Chupe de Camarones (Crawfish Chowder) which costed us S39 and was huge enough to feed the 4 of us. You can take a taxi from downtown Arequipa for around S6 to get to the restaurant. After the meal, you can walk around 5 minutes to the Mirador de Yanahuara for a nice view of El Misti Volcano at the plaza nearby.

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Reviewed March 26, 2014

The restaurant is very nice. It is huge and very busy but still charming. The roof deck is particularly pleasant. The food is very good, with significantly better cuts of meat than you find in most Picanterias. But, the portions are enormous. My husband and I each ordered an entree, and we took home more than we ate!! This is definitely a place to share meals, so bring your friends!

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Nothing more to say. The restaurant is HUGE but get there before 1 if you want to be seated. I had two appetizers and they were enormous. The waiters and hostesses all wear traditional Peruvian outfits. No one speaks English but that is ok. The most traditional dishes are the best. If you can make it through the appetizer, the pork dishes are even more copious.

Thank Lee O
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Monica H, Guest Relations Manager at La Nueva Palomino, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2014

Thank you so much for your review,was really helpful, we are working on improved the english level on our waiters and hostesses , we are so glad you enjoy your meal with us, we are looking forward to serve you again thanks again.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Nice place, the size of the plates are huge but this was not the best adobo or buñuelos that i´ve tried.

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