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“Good, But Not Equal to the Hype”
Review of Al Frio y Al Fuego

Al Frio y Al Fuego
Ranked #1 of 100 Restaurants in Iquitos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Peruvian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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193 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Good, But Not Equal to the Hype”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

No question it's creative cooking, and certainly the setting and the presentation is a step up from anywhere else we ate in Iquitos, but, much of it is superficial. We didn't think anything was particularly exciting in terms of flavor, certainly not equal to the way the dishes looked - things lacked seasoning, and three out of four dishes arrived missing one or more components that were promised on the menu. While service was friendly and swift, the response to that was simply to shrug, and only once offer to go get the missing ingredient, a sort of useless approach to offering food that's supposed to be something different. The setting is beautiful, and it's worth it in the afternoon if you want to take advantage of the floating pool attached to the restaurant - bring bathing suit and towel. We were surprised that the restaurant allowed people to simply come and use the pool in exchange for ordering a bottle or two of water or soda, without dining there - it may be good public relations with locals who can't afford to actually eat there, but isn't with the diners paying the freight.

  • Visited July 2013
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Iquitos, Peru
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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“Put on your list of places to go in Iquitos! Unique restaurant location with excellent service.”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

One of the best restaurants in Iquitos. Delicious gourmet food and high attention to service. Prices are reasonable and I was surprised by the excellent number of menu choices!
Unique presentation of cuisine.

  • Visited June 2013
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Dartmouth, Canada
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectations”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

The fish was so fresh and the presentation was beautiful. I had a fish wrapped around palm hearts with a cuma cuma sauce - it was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone going to Iquitos

  • Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

This place is great! Went three times during our trip for cocktails and a swim! Lovely at night. Boat trip is great!!!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Excellent and fun restaurant”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

My wife and I went to Al Frio y El Fuego twice on a two-day visit to Iquitos. Great food---imaginitive cooking with local ingredients. Big menu. Big drink menu and good wine selection. Not cheapest food around---8-10 USD for appetizers (which tend to be quite large) and 10-15 USD for entrees. Cheap by US standards but not Peruvian. Lovely setting in middle of river that is about 3/4 mile across at that point. Iquitos is a crowded and noisy city but this place is very quiet due to setting. Lots of couples but lots of families too. Great fun--highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2013
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