Nestled inside a narrow store front in the bohemian district of Barranco is Cajamarca 219 Concept Store, recently opened just four months ago. Not only does the French owner and designer, Thibault Van Der Straete, offer beautiful and unique home furnishings and clothing, but a small cafe is situated inside for those that might want a light bite to eat.
_The understated entrance to Cajamarca 213 (Photo: Carlos del Aguila Calle)_
We sat down to chat with Thibault to learn more about his concept store. Thibault, a fashion and interior designer, first visited Peru 26 years ago. He has been a renowned alpaca designer for the past 20 years with clients throughout the world. Prior to opening his concept store in Barranco, he also had a designer showroom in Paris. Thibault designs furniture, home furnishings, houseware, rugs, clothes, bags, and purses.
_Customers are captivated upon entering (Photo: Cajamarca 219 Facebook)_
Thibault spent the past three years transforming, renovating, and restoring this beautiful small Barranco historic home into the showroom it is today.
_Remnants of the original home are met with modernity (Photo: Cajamarca 219 Facebook)_
The designer created a modern, clean space and also preserved the antique window arrangements and many other antique details. Thibault’s alpaca pieces are the hallmark of this house. All of his designs are displayed throughout. Even though the space is small, Thibault managed to make it appear spacious. The high ceilings definitely contribute to this as well. The transformation was a long process and a personal labor of love. Thibault’s flair for design and charm is evident in every inch of his concept store. Even the kitchen is stylish and charming with its mostly white interiors and modern lines.
_The spotless kitchen is full of color and style (Photo: Cajamarca 219 Facebook)_
Upon entering the cafe, we sat in the outside patio area which merged modern and natural elements. There were a variety of planted plants as well as a quaint area decorated with hundreds of bottles filled with green and blue water and a long, stainless steel counter with elevated wooden chairs. Next to the stainless steel industrial refrigerator resides a large tree trunk stump as well as large stones. There are also a few more small tables in the interior of the store where you can enjoy an espresso and dessert as well. Thibault stays true to his French heritage and only serves a variety of French bottled waters (Evian, Badoit and Perrier) as well as French wines offered by the glass or half and full bottles.
_Can you count the wine bottles? (Photo: Cajamarca 219 Facebook)_
The food served at Cajamarca 219 is of lighter fare and the majority of it is prepared by a local French chef as well. We shared a piqueo platter (S/. 20) of a trio of sliced apples, cheese cubes (Emmental from France) and cherry tomatoes accompanied by a variety of small, homemade breads. This platter easily serves three people. There are two other piqueo platters offered as well that also offer the cherry tomatoes alongside pâté and hummus. After perusing the menu, many of the items offered are healthy as well as vegetarian-friendly.
_Broccoli and cauliflower are puréed to accompany a vegetable quiche (Photo: Carlos del Aguila Calle)_
We sampled a variety of soups (eight options), quiches (five options), purées (five options) and several desserts. Our favorites out of the four soups we sampled, hands-down, was the garlic soup. A definite “must try”. This is just one of many of the dishes prepared by the local French chef. The favorites out of the four quiches we sampled were the salmon and spinach option as well as the curry chicken.
_Salmon and spinach quiche with spinach and corn purée (Photo: Carlos del Aguila Called)_
The quiches were accompanied by several purée options (the mushroom was our favorite). The portions of the soups, quiches, and purées are fairly large and satisfying.
The desserts were awesome. We sampled the tarta fina de chocolate (S/. 25) which was a high quality dark chocolate tart with a moist and dense texture and accented with orange peel and dusted with cocoa powder.
_Quality ingredients combine to make a delectible treat (Photo: Carlos del Aguila Calle)_
The tarta de limón (S/. 25) was a lemon curd tart which I have truly missed while living in Peru.
_Lemon curd tart (Photo: Carlos del Aguila Calle)_
My personal favorite was the tiramisu. I cannot resist the creaminess of tiramisu. I have an excellent recipe for tiramisu so I am very picky when I order it in a restaurant. This large version was beyond creamy. Decadent, rich- just a lovely surprise. The layers of ladyfingers, mascarpone blended with espresso and liqueur, whipping cream, and a light dusting of cocoa powder were heavenly. We were told that the local French chef prepared this as well.
_Layers of goodness (Photo: Carlos del Aguila Calle)_
I managed to find a couple of items to buy while I was at Cajamarca 219 Concept Store. I personally purchased a beautiful alpaca bag for myself as well as some unique soap dishes and soaps for gifts. The bag was made with vintage alpaca, suede handles and constructed impeccably to last for many years to come. I have my eye on an alpaca sofa and chair as well as some of the incredible alpaca throw pillows. The high quality, impeccable construction and design used in the products warrants the higher price tag of some of the items. It is worth your while to stop in to Cajamarca 219 to observe Thibault’s designs, the store’s interiors and grab a bite to eat. Cajamarca 219 has a little bit for everyone.
_Please note: Peru this Week was invited to this restaurant and were not asked to pay for the meal._ _For more information,_ “please see our Editorial Policy”:http://e.peruthisweek.e3.pe/doc/0/0/0/2/2/22498.pdf.
Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Piqueos: S/. 20
Soups: S/. 18-22
Quiches: S/. 20
Sides: S/. 12-15
Desserts: S/. 25
Breakfasts: S/. 25-28
Breads/Rolls: S/. 10-15
Bottled Water: S/. 14-20
Juices: S/. 12
Coffee/Teas/Infusions: S/. 10-13
Soda: S/. 10
Beer: S/. 10-14
Wines: S/. 18-145
Cocktails: S/. 18-20
Liqueurs: S/. 35-470
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