My favorite overall in Lima
Posted on 11 / 12 / 2014
This is about the cheapest set vegetarian lunch in the neighborhood (currently 10 soles as of November 2014), but it ended up being my favorite, if only for the variety you get. The other places got repetitive, but they really seem to try to avoid that here.
A very convenient location, and near other vegetarian restaurants in this neighborhood. The food was always good here when I went. If you go before 12:30 p.m. you get several choices for the appetizer and main plate, plus the service will be faster. If you arrive between 100pm and 145pm you probably won't find a table. They were open every day for lunch with the set menu, which is great because other restaurants only offered a la carte on weekends or were closed.
There may be some confusion as to the address of this restaurant. The same person owns the restaurant on the west side of the street, and the snack bar place on the east side of Alcanfores Street. You'll see waitresses going back and forth between the two. If the restaurant is closed, just walk across the street to the vegetarian snack bar and you can choose something in the glass case such as vegetarian quiche or empanadas or fruit salad or juices. Also, be sure to order the fruit salad with yogurt. It comes in a brandy snifter glass and tastes great for only a little more than one US dollar. Don't be afraid to eat raw salads at this or the other veggie restaurants in Peru. The people who work there are nearly always vegetarians themselves, and they know the importance of properly disinfecting raw veggies before serving them.
Update: This neighborhood is undergoing a building boom, and they seem to be tearing down buildings left and right. At least 4 veggie restaurants have disappeared from this neighborhood in the last 5 years, creating more competition among diners to get a seat in the veggie places that remain. Be sure to arrive here or the others no later than 1230pm to get a seat.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 28, 2007
Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 10, 2012
Tastes great, Variety, Cheap
Limited number of tables