I am a person who has sworn off eating raw fish of any type, mostly because of a mental block. I loved La Mar because their food made me a convert. Bring on the sushi now!
We visited La Mar in October and did not have any trouble getting there. Handed the address to our taxi driver and he got us there. There was a wait of maybe 30-40 mins and it was peak lunch time and the place was packed. A waiter comes around to take drink orders while you wait and serves you, with some chips right at the wait area. So waiting was no big deal.
They start you off with an assortment of chips- plantains, yucca etc and 3 dips which vary in the degree of spiciness. Don't be afraid to mix them up. One comment for non Spanish speaking people. The menu is completely in Spanish with no English what so ever and most of the waiters don't speak English. And anyway expecting them to stand their and translate the whole menu for you is just not feasible.
To be safe we just ordered the degustation menu. 5 types of cebiche. They were all good. And like most people here the tuna was outstanding. So was another one in an orangy liquid. The tuna just melted and was the perfect introduction to raw fish for me. Even if they say its "cooked" its not really cooked. We also had a yucca and Fish dish which was really good too. Skipped dessert as we were too full. I did not like the pisco sour that everyone raves about. It was too sour for me. Lip puckering sour.
I am so crazy about their cebiche now that the first thing I did when we got back was to get a reservation in the New York La Mar. Hopefully that will hold up to the quality of the Lima La Mar.
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