You’re invited. On the menu for today, some delicately marinated slivers of fish, layered with rocoto chile peppers, onions, some picante and a light yet sweet pisco sour to wash it down.
Have I got your attention?
And I’m not done yet. How about some Papa a la Huacaina as a starter followed by some anticuchos de pollo before digging into that exotic looking ceviche?
In my personal opinion Peruvian cuisine is amongst the world’s best, if not up there in the number one spot. Numero uno as you would say in Lima, and perhaps, the more internationally inclined Bogotano may concede Peruvian cuisine this fine accolade as well.
So popular is Peruvian cooking, the perfectly balanced blend of indigenous practices, drawing on Peru’s varied microclimates and the availability of such a variety of ingredients, mixed with immigrant European, African and Asian influences, that you’ll not be found wanting in Bogota.
And if seafood is not the order of the day, you can delve into the Asiatic influences so beloved in Peruvian cooking and enjoy a hearty and filling Arroz chaufa.
So, where to go in Bogota for Peruvian Food?
Standing alone as the most fashionable Peruvian haunt at the moment is La Mar, located in the fashionable district of Usaquen. Book on weekends as this is where Bogota’s elite come for their ceviche fix.
Located a little more centrally and not far from the business district you can enjoy staple and solid platters at Mi Peru in Quinta Camacho. The Aji de Gallina is particularly good here.
Sophisticated and chic and ideally placed in the Zona G, Rosales is Nazca. Named after the infamous lines in Nazca, you’ll be dining alongside politicians and members of the Peruvian Embassy, perhaps the most definitive seal of approval.