Get a taste of Arequipa’s Paladar 1900

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Paladar 1900, upon entry, is an imposing restaurant filled with charm and inspiration and it is easy to fall in love with the area shaded by the umbrellas which undeniably make an attractive feature. Romantic dinner anyone?
The first thing we noticed after we sat down was that there was an extensive drink menu to please even the fussiest of customers with wine from Argentina, Spain, Chile, Italy, Peru and France.

As it was a lovely warm sunny afternoon in Arequipa on the day we visited, we happily sampled a Frambruesa Mojito and a Chilcano Tropical to cool down. Both were refreshing and a nice change to the classic Pisco Sour which is popular in these parts.

Looking at the menú (only available to us in Spanish) I must admit I was a little confused at first. There was no set theme to it – it wasn’t particularly Peruvian or Asian or even Middle Eastern – it was a mix of everything, a menú inspired by all and for all who visit. Diners, we were told, ranged from local executives to tourists passing by, so a varied menú to suit the wide range of customers obviously seemed very fitting in their eyes. Many of the specialities are a Turkish-Bulgarian melting pot of tastes and with interesting names like Tukurukuy and Swarsneguer they definitely sounded like they are worth trying, at least once.

Umbrellas
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Juan Carlos has been the chef at the Paladar for the last 10 years, 3 years at the current San Francisco address and 7 years prior. After a conversation with the Manager, Victor Benavides, we learnt that meals are served without pepper and lactose free across the board, to make those with dietary issues easy to cater for.

Our starter was an Arequipeñan speciality – yellow potatoes cooked in olive oil and Rosemary, served with cheese and a complimentary dip in a stone dish. It was a nice way to start off a meal.

Appetizer
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As someone who is a huge fan of Turkish food, I was looking forward to what was coming next and I was not disappointed. The Meze Turko dish is a celebration of freshness and suitable for all, vegetarians included. Delicately flavored, the plate included stuffed mushrooms with cheese, hummus, baba ganoush, grilled vegetables and a side of bread to help you make the most of the platter. For those wanting a light meal, a nice change from much of the heavy Andean laden food found in Arequipa, this is your dish.

Cuisine
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Finally we decided to sample Victor’s favourite dish which came highly recommended – home cooking style at its finest. Shopska was a mix of tomato, beans, egg, corn, beef, potatoes and cheese. It was heavier than the first dish presented to us however we really enjoyed the blend and the taste of the ingredients.

Shopska
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Of course we didn’t miss the opportunity to sample some of the local Peruvian wine – a Tabernero Gran Tinto Malbec Merlot and an Intipalka Chardonnay made the meal complete and were both wines we would definitely try again.

For those unsure of what to eat before they head out to a restaurant, the Paladar 1900 seems a fitting choice. It offers traditional fare such as quinoa taboule, lomo saltado, rocoto relleno and alpaca, or you could opt for sushi rolls, Bulgarian-Turkish inspired dishes or even spaghetti and fettucini. Something for everyone!

Paladar 1900 Restaurant
Calle San Francisco 227, Arequipa
Phone: (054) 226295
“Facebook”:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paladar-1900-Restaurant/153501995760?fref=ts
“Website”:http://www.paladar1900.com.pe/

Starter – S/. 35-63
Sushi rolls S/. 25-29
Pasta S/. 29-43
Mains S/. 23-75
Dessert S/. 9-19

_Michelle Tupy is a ghostwriter, focusing on the business, lifestyle and travel genres. She quite happily spends most of her time behind the scenes writing blog posts, Facebook commentary, articles and e-books on behalf of busy managers. Michelle is the creator of the love story anthology entitled “Love Alters – A Love For All Seasons” and is currently working on a book about her family’s road trip from Cusco, Peru to Niagara Falls, Canada entitled “And Off We Went”._

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Michelle Tupy is a ghostwriter, focusing on the business, lifestyle and travel genres. She quite happily spends most of her time behind the scenes writing blog posts, Facebook commentary, articles and e-books on behalf of busy managers. Michelle is the creator of the love story anthology entitled “Love Alters – A Love For All Seasons” and is currently working on a book about her family’s road trip from Cusco, Peru to Niagara Falls, Canada entitled “And Off We Went”.