Restaurant Review: La Posada del Ángel III

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Some places are destined to be legendary. More important than the kitchen, the environment or the concept is the spirit of the creator and his own life.

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Prolongación San Martín 157, Barranco
Monday to Saturday, 12.00 – 3.00 am
Sunday, 12.00 – 12.00
Interior (Photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Traveling & Living in Peru)

The History

Everything in La Posada del Ángel is evidence of Elías Succar. He is not a chef, a gourmand or the classic businessman with the new fancy restaurant. He is part of the history of Barranco and Peruvian gastronomy.

He opened the first La Posada del Ángel in 1994 when the terrorism scared off tourists, citizens, and visitors of the bohemian district Barranco. At that time, there weren’t many good places to eat and he wanted to create a place that offered live music, with the trova theme, and some finger foods (soon bread with garlic became popular). Five years later, he expanded, always in Barranco, and opened the second La Posada del Ángel.

Risotto de quinua con champiñones y cúrcum (Photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Traveling & Living in Peru)

A very important detail is that all the plates are veggie because Elías discovered that many of the diseases come from the food.

He made his own pasta, cultivated some ingredients and opened the third Posada del Ángel. Like his other locations, Mr. Succar created an ambiance similar to an antique shop, where he displayed his loved objects and pieces of art on the front lawn. Actually, all of the locales are considered cultural centers and have a unique atmosphere. “I had to clean and redesign the house. It was now my home and I wanted the clients to feel the same”-Elías.

The generosity of Elías and his partner Mikel Urigüen is a major reason for why this place is frequently chosen for special events like engagement parties. Tourists are also happy with the attention and healthy food.

On our visit, we tried many simple but delicious dishes that ranged from risotto, lasagna, pasta to sandwiches.

Champiñones gratinados con queso azul (Photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Traveling & Living in Peru)

The Food

The mushrooms with garlic or gratin with blue cheese (S/ 25) are a good selection. If you want to try something different, the risotto of quinoa with mushrooms and curcuma is delightful. The papa a la huancaína and the causa rellena (with avocado, tomato, and mushrooms, with a special sauce) and the veggie cebiche (with mushrooms instead of fish) were fresh and tasty.

The Desserts

The desserts are very well prepared. You can choose from Peruvian classics like tocino del cielo, suspiro a la limeña and picarones.

Helado de lúcuma, aguaymanto y pistacho (Photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Traveling & Living in Peru)

It’s difficult to find those classics with the right level of sweetness but in La Posada del Ángel III, it is possible! The ice creams are homemade and the rarest flavors they offer are lúcuma, aguaymanto, and pistachio.

The Drinks

If you are looking for a drink, they have their own pisco from Lunahuaná and all the classic Peruvian cocktails. The chicha morada is very good if you want something without alcohol.

They also have poetry readings, book presentations and other events that you could ask for or check out on their calendar.

Bonus: All Veggie

Pizzas: S/ 18

Sandwiches: S/ 9 – S/ 14

Salads and pastas: S/ 18 – S/ 23

Pastas: S/ 18 – S/ 23

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Javier Ernesto García Wong Kit

Javier García is a Peruvian journalist that writes for news, magazines, and websites about ecology, gastronomy, sports, and culture, specially Nikkei culture for APJ and Discover Nikkei. He teaches journalism at San Martín de Porres University and is the editor of the book of chronicles "Tentaciones Narrativas" (Redactum, 2014). He is also the founder of La Mesa - Pase y Pruebe, a fan page about news and events of gastronomy and culture.