I wanted to like Huaca Pucllana the two times I went there. Really, I did. It's set in a pre-Inca ruin, and the layout is spacious with lots of waiters running around and everyone says its good.
I'm sorry, but the food is vastly overrated and overpriced. I can get better comida criolla at a corner restaurant in Miraflores. (Caveat: I live in Lima year round.)
The first night I went, I was with a film crew of 15 people who ordered nearly every dish on the menu so we got to try everything. Two people ordered the seco de cabra (goat) which was so salty, it was inedible. Some good fish and an okay lomo saltado. Prices way too high for this kind of food. Waiters hovering everywhere.
The second time I was dragged to HP I was with tourists who insisted on eating ceviche at night. That is sort of a cultural no-no in Lima; marinated raw seafood is only to be eaten fresh, during the day, but the fact that it was on the nighttime menu made me realize that Huaca Pucllana does not aim at the local crowd. The ceviche was okay.
The setting is gorgeous.
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