Lima: One lunch and one dinner
We'll be in Lima for just one day next week - there are lots of great suggestions on this board, but if we only have one lunch and one dinner in town, are there two can't-miss places that rise to the top?
We're happy with pretty much any budget range except for over-the-top blowout. Upscale places would be fine, but we'd be equally happy with a hole in the wall if it has the best food. We have no eating restrictions and like all cuisines, although we'd certainly rather have food with a distinct Peruvian character rather than great french food, for example.
I have posted before about these restaurants, but here would be my recommendations.
Lunch: On the expensive side, I would go with Francesco in Miraflores. My favorites there are their squid ink risotto with scallops, grilled baby octopus and stuffed ricotto pepper with seafood. They also have interesting ceviches and their house pisco sour is spot on.
For a less expensive lunch option, I like Punto Azul on Alcanfores in Miraflores. For me, the musts are their causas (cold potato with seafood), arronz can mariscos and their conchitas a la paremesana (baked scallops). http://puntoazulrestaurante.com/
For dinner, I would strongly recommend Las Brujas de Cachiche. It is a beautiful restaurant and their menu features gourmet versions of Peru's classic criollo dishes. The other option would be Huaca Puvcllana which also is a beautiful restaurant but I liked the food better at Las Brujas.
Have a great trip!