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!!!
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