Yesterday, I had the pleasure of treating my Peruvian hosts to a nice dinner at La Locanda. My hosts and I were a little reticent of having dinner at a Hotel´s restaurant. La Locanda has a written a new page for hotel food. Service was impeccable, Mr. Candiotti, the Maitre´d is the Peruvian Sirio Marcionni of Le Cirque,s fame. Mr. Candiotti has a talent of explaining every dish in his very varied menu. The delivery of every dish was timely and the Chef accomodated every special request we asked for, he was able to prepare three appetizers into 4 plates, all of us had the same appetizer without the cumbersome task of passing food around. My hosts being non-drinkers left me at at the mercy of choosing a half bottle or the dreaded reality of a house wine. The two glasses of wine Mr. Candiotti produced were superb, a Viognier and a Ribera del Duero.
Throughout the dinner Mr. Candiotti and his staff made sure EVERYTHING was perfect.
The food was exeptional, you can clearly discern that every item was cooked from scratch, for example: the lobster bisque was tasty, velvety and had nice chunks of lobster in it. No Aji-No-Moto(msg) or sillau(soy sauce) were detected, two ingredients found in many of the Lima restaurants that crowd this this extensive list.
This restaurant deserves a rating beyond excellent and should be the numero uno destination for a gourmand visiting Lima. Congratulations to the young Chef and the gracious Mr. Candiotti, the Peruvian Sirio Marcionni.
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