The Cavenecia family has recently opened their doors at their new restaurant locations in Barranco and Asia. I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at the new Barranco locale, and that the passion this family has for its food and restaurant is obvious.
Los Cavenecia Resto Bar is owned by the family along with some business partners. Ricardo Cavenecia (the general manager, host and father of the Cavenecia family) and Sebastian Cavenecia (the chef and Ricardo’s son) warmly greeted us upon arrival. They had recently opened their doors and were putting the finishing touches on their new pride and joy.
The décor of the restaurant was very pleasing to the eye: eclectic and modern, but with rustic touches. When you walk into the front door you see the Raw Bar to your far right and the cocktail bar straight ahead. with an intimate seating area. The Raw Bar sounds like it will be a big hit; I’ve already heard quite a bit of buzz since the grand opening. There is also a main dining room and a private dining room.
We started out with the chancaditos. These were a selection of three different chilled pisco cocktails infused with mashed fruit. The bartender first mashes/crushes the fruit and then adds the pisco. We sampled the strawberry/passionfruit, orange/mandarina/lime and pineapple/granadilla chancaditos. We loved all three of them, and before we knew it, we had polished them off. The bar has a very extensive cocktail list to choose from. Next time I return, I also want to try the Lemongrass Chilcano.
We were quite astonished to see a platter of oysters delivered to our table. These oysters were not just big, they were huge! I have eaten oysters most of my life, and these were immense. I had my doubts about the flavor, due to the large size, but the flavor was absolutely delicious. These oysters hailed from Casma (near Chimbote), a bit north of Lima.
One of the favorite dishes at our table had to be the mushame de atun: smoked, thinly sliced tuna served on top of crackers with a thin slice of avocado on top. I have eaten this dish on many an occasion in different restaurants, but this was definitely one of the better ones. The platter was generous and could easily be shared between 4 to 6 people as an appetizer.
The tiradito samurai and tiradito marinero were both equally delicious starters. As the name implies, the tiradito samurai is Asian-influenced and the sea bass is lightly marinated in soy sauce and accented with green scallions and sesame seeds. The tiradito marinero was a pleasant surprise and a dish I have yet to taste anywhere else in Peru. This dish had thinly sliced pieces of sea bass marinated in lime juice, milk, parmesan cheese and crabmeat. The combination of all these ingredients was delicious, creamy and mild. This is a definite “must-try”.
After sampling all of these wonderful appetizers/starters we moved on to the main dishes. Believe it or not, we had some room left to eat more. All of the main dishes were of high quality and delicious.
Two that stood out were the tortellini de asado de tira and tacu Lopez. The tortellini de asado de tira contained very tender meat along with cheese inside of the tortellinis and was lightly covered in a huancaina/parmesan sauce.
The tacu Lopez is a tacu tacu dish with black scallops named after a friend of Sebastian’s and it was quite delicious. We had a few skeptics at our table because not everyone is familiar with the flavor of black scallops. I have to say the dish was quite impressive, and the flavors melded well together. Black scallops can be quite strong on occasion, but in this dish were mild. All of our dishes were accompanied by fabulous Valdevieso Chile Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2010. This wine was a perfect fit with all the dishes.
We “forced” ourselves to partake of a couple desserts. The crepe al pisco was a crepe filled with vanilla ice cream and pisco-soaked, flambéed bananas, which were quite crunchy. The textures of this dessert were quite pleasing. The addition of dark chocolate did not hurt either. Our favorite dessert was the incredible, triangulo de limon. All I can say is, “try this dessert”! It is to die for. It was like eating a slightly frozen key lime pie. The creaminess and coolness was a perfect combination and was surprisingly refreshing. This was the perfect way to end our dining experience at Los Cavenecia Resto Bar. I have to also mention the Lavazza coffees that they serve as well.
We really did not want the afternoon to end, but it did eventually. We will definitely be back to try some of your sushi and raw bar items very soon.
Los Cavenecia Resto Bar is located at Av. Grau 1502 in Barranco. Their phone number is: 247-9666. Hours: Monday open for lunch from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday thru Saturday: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Sunday open for lunch 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. They also have a smaller location in Asia.