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“The best Chinese food in Lima!”
Review of Wa Lok

Wa Lok
Ranked #183 of 2,538 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Miraflores
Florida
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112 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“The best Chinese food in Lima!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is a review for the Lima downtown location, on the 8th block of Paruro St. First of all, NEVER go on a Saturday afternoon, we did and it took us the longest time ever to get there by taxi, the traffic will drive you crazy.
Anyway, once we finally arrived there, they had our table ready because I had made reservations, service was prompt and even though the rest of our party hadn't gotten there yet, we sat down and started ordering drinks (we were exhausted and thirsty, sorry!)
After everyone in our party arrived, we ordered from the menu. They have sample menus for 6, 8 or 12 people that contain their best sellers, we chose one of those and then a couple of vegetarian dishes for my husband and step daughter. They also have an extensive vegetarian menu so this was no problem at all. Menus are printed in English too.
We had the pork fried rice, the beef lo mein, and some other dishes that I cannot recall right now but they were all SOOO GOOD! Especially their galic duck... omg it was exquisite! I don't know what sauces they use but it was the tastiest Chinese food we've had anywhere in the world. My mother in law used to work at a Chinese restaurant when she was a young girl and sometimes she would eat with the Chinese cooks in the kitchen, and she said that the flavors reminded her of the food they would eat, it just has that authentic flavor. And the vegetarian dishes were also very tasty, nothing bland or like it was an after thought, they have really designed a menu for non carnivores.
I must also say that this location in downtown Lima has much affordable prices than the Miraflores location. Maybe because it is not so close to where most of the hotels are located, and many people don't like venturing themselves outside of Miraflores, but going downtown was the best choice for us who always enjoy mingling with the locals as much as possible. And the food didn't disappointe. We ate at many restaurants during our trip to Peru and this one was the absolute highlight in Lima. We also had the national beverage of Peru, Pisco Sour, and it was yummy! Smooth and sweet with that hint of grape that comes from the Quebranta grape... ohhh what a delicious experience.
I don't know about the atmosphere at the Miraflores location, but this one was a riot! They totally have kept the chaoticly charming Chinese ambiance. I want to go back to Lima just to eat at Wa Lok again!!!

  • Visited May 2012
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New York, NY
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wa Lok in 2 locations”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Be advised there are two locations of Wa Lok in Lima. One is located in Miraflores (above a casino) and the original located in Barrio China = Chinatown in Lima. We want a little adventure so we went to the Wa Lok in Barrio China. Taxi ride between Miraflores to Downtown Lima = Plaza de Armas is approx 20 soles. You can walk 6-7 very interesting/busy blocks to get to Barrio China from the Plaza de Armas. The Wa Lok food is strickly Cantonese Chinese. They give you very good portions and the food was very tasty. Is it worth a try? Sure...if you want to venture into the local area of Lima and visit the different sights around downtown. Just try not to be in Barrio China at night unless you are a local though. I am told the area is a bit shady after all the shops are closed.

  • Visited August 2012
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Lima, Peru
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“One of the best Chinese restaurant in Lima”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

I am a regular customer in this restaurant and it is consistently very good. The quality of the food and the service are above similar restaurants. The location is central around Miraflores and it is designed to hold large tables. This time we were 12 people and we are all very happy with the experience.

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Glenview, Illinois, United States
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not that good”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

We wanted to try Chinese food in Lima and went to Wa Lok as recommended by hotel. A lot of variety on the menu. The spring rolls were delicious. We had a hard time getting clarity from the server regarding what to try for a main course. Each meal was a large portion, so plan accordingly. Two of our group were sick the next morning and think it may have been our meal there. Wouldn't be a restaurant I'd recommend.

  • Visited May 2012
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Miami, Florida
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32 reviews
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“Just Average, but great location, without having to go to Cercado”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

We went to the location in Miraflores, which is central and then upstairs we had a decent experience. It took quite some time for them to take care of us, and the food was hot. They apologised for the delay, but never compensated us in any way. Definitely the staff is not as well caring as other places. The location in Chinatown is perhaps a bit better, and the food fresher; however it's far. Either way, you have to flag down a waiter and demand prompt service.

  • Visited April 2012
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