Before my dinner at Lima I was shamefully clueless about all things Peruvian. I hoped to be taken on a tour of Peru's best flavours. And so off I went on a big food adventure not quite to the real Lima city yet, but to Lima Fitzrovia on Rathbone Place. So I closed my eyes and ordered a pisco sours...
The welcome offering of quinoa bread with olive oil and yogurt dip was warming and light.
First came the Asparagus Peru - shavings of asparagus with a tree tomato emulsion, andean sweet potato and red shiso. This was incredibly refreshing as the raw asparagus was cooling and cleansing.
We shared the alfajores with dulce de leche ice cream and chanaca honey. The alfajores were tender, crumbly shortbread-style biscuits sandwiched by a decadent layering of dulce de leche alongside notes of cinnamon and caramel.
Every meal I have in Peru will be like this? Surely? Now it's off to the real Lima to find out. Hopefully I can learn a thing or two from my host family's kitchen and discover some hidden gems on my travels!