Libations and Bites in Lima at Miraflores Park Hotel
Many international travelers arrive in Lima then quickly continue on to make connections to the Amazon, Cusco or Machu Picchu, but that’s changing. The Peruvian capital city of Lima is an evocative spot, a desert, coastal city, close to the equator in the central part of the country, on the Pacific Ocean. Savvy travelers, especially the foodie enthused spend a few days in Lima to feast on the local lure and the culinary culture before traveling on. Consider the same.
For centuries, waves of immigrants have descended upon this key South American city. As you explore Lima’s gastronomy today, you can see the many influences from the Spanish, African, French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese who have all left their culinary mark.
America’s own Nobu is known to have cut his culinary teeth and to be deeply and forever influenced by his time spent in Lima where sushi is quite common.
To get a real feel for the foodie movement, head to Miraflores, a trendy upscale neighborhood in Lima and the epicenter of the culinary movement. Pop in to Mercado de Surquillo, a vibrant food market frequented by the city’s top chefs.
Lima has 84 of the 112 bio climates in the world, which means anything and everything can and does grow there including 300 types of potatoes.
For the tasteful traveler in search of seduction on the plate and in the pour, check in to nearby Miraflores Park Hotel. This Orient Express property in this exclusive residential neighborhood is by far the city’s sexiest and most sophisticated hotel.
Settle in to the chic open air Mesa 18 Restaurant filled with sexy execs, girlfriends grabbing cocktails and couples enjoying the ambiance. It’s “the” city’s spot to see and be seen.
Chef Frederic Ziegler hails from Michelin starred restaurants in France. His chicly prepared octopus carpaccio, seared foie gras with a sugar cane biscuit and onion puree and duck slices over cooked egg are full of flavor.
It’s easy to see how the city’s culinary creativity could cross over in to the cocktail culture. The Pisco Sour is Peru’s national drink, so expect to see it on every cocktail menu in the city.
At Miraflores Park Hotel’s Jekyll and Hyde Bar, they push the cocktail envelope further with their Pisco inspired cocktail menu.
Try their signature El Secreto de Dr. Jekyll made with Pisco, cranberry juice, grenadine & lemon juice drops. The Cholopolitan made with Pisco, Italian Cointreau, passion fruit juice & cranberry juice is a nod to the European influence on Peru’s spirited side, while the Pisco Punch is an international crowd pleaser with Pineapple syrup, Pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice. Enjoy at the bar or secure the Presidential suite where libations can be served by your Bath Butler in the bath or in your infinity pool overlooking the Pacific. Cheers!
Aside from the Jekyll & Hyde Bar, be sure to check out Miralfores Park Hotel’s Mesa 18’s soon to be released, newly revamped cocktail list.