La Rosa Nautica - Lima, Peru
- gordon wing
Our group had a very nice lunch at this high end restaurant right on the piers in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. There is a Victorian ambiance to LRN - a very pleasant place to lunch. Prices are on the high side but they deliver a good experience. Freshly baked rolls, good service and a deft touch with seafood are evident. The octupus we had as part of the ceviche assortment was melt-in -your mouth tender. The squid and other seafood in my black rice (squid ink) dish was also expertly cooked. Besides being black - the rice was also cooked in seafood stock or with some of the seafood juices because it was very savory.
Yes.... the menu does not differ much (if at all) between Lunch & Dinner. However, the Ceviche & tradition seafood stews were tucked into their own submenu of traditional cuisine. I don't remember what else was on the menu... but I remember it being uninspiring.
I found the service to be quick but a little akward. I kept getting the sense that they thought we weren't spending enough money.... didn't know why they would care since they charge a flat cover to cover service.... additional tips should only be marginal.
The ceviche was certainly good... the fish extremly fresh, juicy & fleshy... but we could not figure out the whole boiled corn & yams... they seem contradictory & unnecessary; but what do I know.
It was certainly nice being out over the water... it reminded me of the restaurants along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu like Moonshadows etc., but I could care less for the victorian architecture (In Peru? I just don't get it... its not like the place served New England cuisine).
If I had to choose... Huaca Puclana was much better... ambience (you are in a freaking ancient ruin!) & culinary offering.
I actually tried going there on my birthday and a tour bus loaded the joint leaving me with an hour wait while I was trying to grub in transit with just a few hours. It reminded me of Tavern on the Green and I was happily running out of the joint. It looked like the food would be awful, but I trust your buds so if you say it was good, then I'm sure was.
Ended up eating amazing ceviche (against the rules...at night) and was happy as a full-bellied girl should be.
I totally understand your feelings about the scene at LRN - it's not the kind of place I would have sought out for myself but we ended up there anyways. I didn't hold the Victorian ambiance against the place just enjoyed the meal we had and the company of my fellow trekkers. I'm sure there are other good places around .....