Sunday, March 30, 2008

peScados capitales

Juancho and I had been wanting to hit Pescados Capitales again all week but never managed to find the time with all the hustle and bustle that this week entailed. Finally, on Friday, we got to relax a bit and so Liz and I took him there for lunch, which also afforded Liz an opportunity to experience this restaurant she had heard so much about.

The place was packed with people, some who had clearly started their weekend early and suits on extended lunch breaks - including the Foreign Minister. With a bit of wait ahead of us, we naturally started with pisco sours: double pisco sours!

Unable to decide what to order for main courses (that danged menu is just too much fun to read, and it all sounds so good!), we opted for Mushame de pulpo, Cebiche capital, both of which we had had on our previous visit, and Lujuria freudiana as appetizers. This last quite good and lovely in its simplicity: squids grilled with anticucho dressing.

Lujuria freudiana: grilled squid in anticucho dressing

Finally able to decide what we wanted, we moved on to ordering our main courses. I selected Intolerancia, a saltado made with fried fish and shellfish. It was a very tasty alternative to lomo saltado. Liz opted for Codicia: Lenguado Vladi, a dish of "ambitious" halibut named for former-President Fujimori's one-time spy master, Vladimiro Montesinos, currently in prison for bribery and corruption. Juancho's choice was Lujuria, a "lusty" tuna steak "a la Casanova" topping a dish of fetuccine.

Intolerancia: a saltado with seafood instead of the usual beef

Codicia - Lenguado Vladi: a dish of "ambitious" halibut in white wine
and cream sauce, with mushrooms, scallops and prawns

Lujuria: A dish of "lusty, Casanova-style" tuna

Having had our fill, but not willing to depart without dessert, we opted for sharing a surprisingly light and airy lúcuma cheesecake. The absence of the"dryness" characteristic of lúcuma and the classic pairing of the fruit with chocolate even won over Liz, who is decidedly not a lúcuma fan.

Pescados Capitales
La Mar 1337
Miraflores, Lima
Tel.: 421-8808

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