Skykitchen Market Tour plus 'Eat where the Peruvians eat'
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 21, 2013 6:16 AM Last Post By: IncaKola
Apr 17, 2013 3:35 AM
Skykitchen Market Tour plus 'Eat where the Peruvians eat'I can find loads of reviews for the Skykitchen cooking class but have also found the above experience. Apparently after the market the group go to 2 local restaurants (1 for starters, 1 for the main course) order different dishes and sample the whole range. Has anyone tried this and if so how did you get on?
Apr 19, 2013 12:52 AM
1Never tried one of these (55/85 USD for a cooking lesson without spirits/wine/beer of quite simple recipes or 30 USD for a visit to the market are a bit steep to me, for that price I visit a very good restaurant) but gastronomy is one of my hobbies and I have visited many local restaurants in Lima where I paid hardly 50 % of what I would have paid in some overrated touristy restaurants.
A good market to start is the Surquillo market where many cooks/restaurants buy their fruits and vegetables (Spanish only). It's just off the Paseo de la RepÃºblica and only 500 M form the Miraflores city centre.
Visit a local restaurant which isn't in your guidebook anywhere away from the Ã³valo, Av. Larco, CC Larco Mar or any other place where many foreign tourists congregate.
You could try the Chorrillos suburb where you could have a ceviche in a cevicherÃa, a main course in another restaurant and a dessert in a third place.
A place I regularly visit in Chorrillos is El Pescadito Azul which is only two blocks from Barranco along Av. Chorrillos near the Maison de la SantÃ© de Chorrillos. I have never ever seen another foreigner there except my own son.
Punto Azul is a very popular cevicherÃa among limeÃ±os and still has normal prices, there are several branches all over Lima, the one I visited most is on the corner of C/. San MartÃn & Alcanfores in Miraflores (1 km from the Surquillo market).
If you want to go to Punto Azul I would recommend you to arrive by 12:00 - 12:30 or after 3 PM.
A couple of months ago I visited Cala in Barranco which is a more or less upmarket restaurant and lounge bar on the first floor and was disappointed.
Here's a couple of pictures of my last visits to Lima restaurants (still have to upload a bunch more): http://incakola.smugmug.com/Travel/Lima-Peru/GastronomyGastronom%C3%ADa/24597805_hH5mqp#!i=2300956118&k=2kC6JtJ
Apr 19, 2013 6:10 AM
2Thanks for your reply and comments. Yes, I agree with you about the prices but I really fancy the idea of being able to try a variety of dishes with some explanation of them. This is our first and probably only visit to Peru so we may splash out a bit. I'll be making a note of your recommendations so may well try them.
Checked your profile- Belgium, the first place I ever had mayonnaise on my chips over 35 years ago! Thought it was great - still do actually if the frites are done well!
Apr 20, 2013 4:26 AM
3A Mi Manera restaurant in Cusco offers cooking lessons for 120 USD for 1 tot 4 participants.
If interested visit http://www.amimaneraperu.com/, drop them a line about the lessons and they'll send you a mail with all details.
http://www.chocomuseo.com/english/our-activities/ offers chocolate bar & truffle workshops for 27,5 USD.
Another link (unknown to me): http://www.cuscocooking.com/
During the cooking lesson @ A Mi Manera you learn to prepare:
Pisco Sour & Chicha Morada drinks
Quinoa soup & causa de palta (avocado & mashed potatoes starter)
Ceviche, lomo saltado & quinua tamalada as main courses.
And of course you can eat everything you prepared.
Here's a link about the best restaurants in Lima. I'm planning to visit two or three of them next July & August. http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-2466-Perus-best-restaurants-2012/
PS: had damn good crispy 'frites' last night form a 'frietkot' in a small town near where I before having a couple of beers.
Apr 21, 2013 6:16 AM
4Here's another link I've just found:
Check out all our reviewed and recommended accommodation and book online.