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“Quality and attention to detail delights”

El Kapallaq Restaurant
Ranked #425 of 2,838 Restaurants in Lima
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood, Peruvian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: We are a traditional peruvian seafood restaurant.
Reviewed May 4, 2014

I've visited this amazing restaurant twice, a decade apart and it truly is a lovely, intimate and rewarding experience. Lucho Cordero and his wife truly provide an amazing restaurant experience from the polite intimacy of the service to the beautifully rooms and warm decor. The food, OMG, if Zarzuela, the Ceviche, yes, do have the special. Try the amazing Ceviche de Concha Negra, a unusually delicacy which Don Luis brings from his native beaches in the north of Peru. Diving fans should know that Luis is a seasoned diver.

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Thank nickytat
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

A friend on Twitter recommended the restaurant - I have passed by it almost every day but never given it a try. But happy for having done it. Started wrong - no Dry Martini served, but they recommended a pisco based martini - and yes! It was a good one. (Midnight Gentleman or something similar was the name).
We shared a Ceviche norteño - it was very good but a bit mild in taste. But adding on a bit chili made it perfect. For main - canelloni with crab - Good! - and Fish in dijon and chirimoya creamy sauce.
Both plates were perfect.
The only disappointment is the quite limited menu of desserts.

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Thank Hans L
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Knowing that the owner was of Basque origin, we stayed with the fish in this modest-sized restaurant that was packed for lunch on a Sunday. Being forewarned of this, we had our hotel make a booking. Just as well, because it has now moved from its original location. Even our taxi driver had trouble finding it, and had to phone the restaurant for directions, so BE WARNED. The decor is delightful, and the tables nicely dressed, with first class china and cutlery. I marked it as expensive, but no more so than many other restaurants in Peru, and the food fully justifies the price. We started with two generous fish entrees: I chose a brilliantly flavoured shrimp dish, and my companions opted for the tastiest barbecued calamari and squid soused in a wonderful brown sauce. For the main course, we both selected a Filet of Grunt Fish, each cooked and presented in a different way. It is a local fish somewhat larger than Mediterranean sea bass, and its flesh is slightly brown in colour, but the flavour and consistency are among the best I have exprienced. Each of the presentations was perfect in its own way, and the portions were more than satisfying. We shared a nutty chocolate/carmel dessert that was French in inspiration. What a pity that this was our last day in Peru!

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Thank davidgoldberg1
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This place is a real gem. The kitchen is open for all to see and even has one small table for those who literally want to eat as their food is prepared. This is a seafood restaurant but nary a hint of fishy odors. The dishes are beautifully presented and each more succulent than the last. Don't miss the deep fried pulpo and especially try to score a plate of Amazon paiche which is fileted, sliced thin and rolled with wild pork to produce an incredibly delicate delight. For desert the chirimoya slices with Cointreau is an amazing finish to one of the finest lunches I've ever had in Lima. This after a week of wonderfully haute cuisine including dinners at La Gloria, Raphael and Amaz. Kudos to owner/chef Lucho Cordova.

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Thank Charles P
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Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Despite having moved to a place that lacks the charm of the old locale, El Kapallaq still maintains its high standards in the kitchen. Service is unfailingly polite without smothering.
Chef Luis Cordero celebrates the best of Peruvian cuisine with a dash of Spanish and Italian fusion. And he also is very concerned with fish sustainability and with exploring local ingredients.
My favourite dishes are the Muchame and the fish Chupe.

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Thank Midnight114
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