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“La Locanda is Beautiful Mediterranean Cuisine with Peruvian Twists from a Talented, Young Chef”
Review of La Locanda

La Locanda
Ranked #4 of 2,692 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Isidro
Description: The best Mediterranean and Peruvian fusion cuisine in Lima. At La Locanda, guests enjoy classic elegance in an exclusive environment with a beautiful view of the garden. With warm service, each detail has been meticulously attended to for an unforgettable experience. La Locanda also offers a great selection of desserts and the finest wines and liquors. This is the perfect place for a business lunch, a romantic dinner or just a fun evening with friends.
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is a mostly Mediterranean restaurant with creative dishes made with high quality local ingredients.

I started with tiradito, which is like ceviche but with fish or seafood cut sashimi style instead of in cubes. That day it was scallops. The slices are spread out and soaked in a lime and amarillo yellow chili pepper sauce and served with boiled sweet potato and chocolo (fat corn). There's also a traditional appetizer plate with sole ceviche, cilantro tiradito and fried calamari.

Then I had the "chita" rockfish with cherry tomatoes, capers, pickled onions, fresh artichokes, and green beans on a bed of spinach. The chef is really good with balancing fresh flavours with bitter greens and fresh herbs. In Lima you don't get a lot of green. Ever. So things like watercress and mustard greens were so welcome. Another diner had the lobster ravioli. It looked beautiful. The chef is also very good at plating. Oh, and he did a fois gras circle and pressed, gel-ed pineapple circle on a rock plate as an amuse-bouche. It was gorgeous.

I also tried a little of the whole cabrilla fish stuffed with cheese and served with a balsamic reduction. It was a very generous serving. Actually both fish were very generous.

There was also a main with baby calf (it was a huge portion!), with watercress, gnocchi, and cherry tomatoes and I think a port reduction. I didn't get to try it, but I heard it was really good. The flavours in everything seemed really simple (a lot of cherry tomatoes, balsamic olive oil, salt and pepper, but the ingredients were top notch so the food all tasted amazing, and the fish wasn't overcooked).

Dessert for me was a trio of sorbets - lemon, watermelon and passionfruit (plus liquid nitrogen smoking rose petals...), so a good balance of acid and sweet. But the layered apple tart that looked like a piece of baklava looked beautiful with a dulce de leche ice cream and an apple gel.

And if you order coffee or tea (or just come for coffee or tea in the afternoon) you get a complimentary platter of cookies and truffles. Afternoon coffee is a great tradition in Lima...almost as good as the siesta you'll need after most meals. But La Locanda's food isn't that heavy. It's healthy and filling, but not full of preservatives like the cheap meals you get on every corner at lunch. And not just pure carbs like a lot of Italian places. This is refined Mediterranean food, and the price isn't bad for what you get. About 37 soles for apps and 56 soles for mains. So about $40 with service and tax included, I think. There's also a more expensive tasting menu, around 150 soles, I think. So just under $70?

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

itis always an adventure to eatatla Locanda.The mettreknoledge and passion describing differentdishes is just overwellming

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

I asked the Maitre 'D, Senor Alfonso Candiotti, for the highlights of the menu and for his best recommendations. Everything I ate was excellent, but even the wonderful food was surpassed by the amazing performance of Sr. Candiotti. To be served by him is to see a great professional at work, and one who obviously relishes what he does! A true Master of his Craft! He brought an even higher level of enjoyment to a lovely meal.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

This restaurant is awesomly good and the service is the best point. The maitre recommends very well and makes special dishes if needed. You have to eat the maple apple desert!

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Swisshotel is the best hotel in Lima and the restaurant is not an average place.

Try the fish in this place, just lovely. Also international food, just great!

Thank josebueno12
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