Restaurant Review: Dos Tenedores


My curiosity was piqued when I came across an article on Dos Tenedores in the weekly Saturday edition of Somos magazine inside of El Comercio a few months ago. If you are looking for a reasonably priced lunch and a good value in Miraflores, you may want to try Dos Tenedores. Opened just barely over a year, this small restaurant is enjoying popular and steady lunch crowds. The restaurant was full on the Monday we visited with the majority of diners from local offices. Dos Tenedores has a daily menu which includes several options for the budget-conscious diner including the starter, main dish and a beverage ranging in reasonable price ranges. Also available are “a la carte” options at a slightly higher price. The restaurant posts their daily menu options on occasion on Facebook as well. I also noticed quite a few people stopping by to pick up their carry out orders.

The first thing we sampled at Dos Tenedores was a generous portion of their leche de tigre (S/. 8) which was served in a white wine glass and topped off with canchita (crunchy, toasted corn kernels). Leche de tigre, translated as tiger’s milk, is basically the leftover juices from ceviche which consist of bits of fish, lime juice, chilies, and salt. Before we were served this concoction, we had the option of mild or hot and we indicated hot. I must confirm it was very spicy as requested, but I would have enjoyed this concoction much more with a bit less acidity (less lime) and less salt. I felt it was overly salted. The pez espada (swordfish) was a bit on the strong side. I usually prefer a milder fish. We all have our own personal preferences. There are many variations of leche de tigre and you will find it prepared with different variations in almost every restaurant.

The second starter that we were served, papas a la huancaina (S/. 7) was flavorful and typical of what you receive in most restaurants.

The caldo de gallina (S/. 8), Dos Tenedores’ version of chicken soup, consisted of bits of chicken, carrots, celery, pumpkin zucchini, scallions, noodles and broth with an additional scattering of chicken liver pieces for added flavor. I was expecting a heartier soup than the light one that arrived at our table.

As we progressed to the main dishes, we found the food to be remarkably better. I thoroughly enjoyed the perfectly executed arroz con pollo (S/. 17) which consisted of a generous portion of caramelized, juicy and succulent chicken served with rice accented with vegetables and cilantro and accompanied by salsa criolla. The combination of the sweet chicken with the savory rice was ideal for me. The arroz con pollo is also available on their “menu” in a smaller portion and less expensive version. This dish we sampled is available on the “a la carte” portion of the menu.

The chaufa con chancho (S/. 17) was another success. The pieces of pork in this dish were also caramelized and the perfect complement to the Asian-inspired rice mixture of garlic, scallions, ginger, soy sauce and bits of egg.

The third main dish we sampled was their version of tacu tacu con lomo saltado (S/. 18). A hearty portion of the popular rice and bean mixture served with lomo saltado. We felt the dish could have used a bit more meat, but all in all, pretty good.

The desserts were a delight. Dos Tenedores’ version of arroz con leche arrived in a martini glass. Normally I am not a fan of desserts with rice because I find some of them to be a bit on the mushy side, but I found this dessert to be creamy and full of flavor.

The day we visited was unusually hot and the semi-frozen concoction of strawberries with cream was a perfect combination…. light, creamy, and invigorating. I am a fan of chilled desserts, so I was very satisfied with this.

During these hot summer days, you may want to request a glass of Dos Tenedores’ frozen limonada. The splash of grenadine and touch of mint was the perfect refreshment on this slightly sweltering day.

Dos Tendores
Calle Alfonso Ugarte 382
Hours: Open every day: 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Phone: 445-3856
Credit cards accepted
Limited parking
Prices: S./7-20

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Sheila Christensen Jeanneau

Sheila was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She spent several years in Denver, Colorado at Regis University and lived eleven years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before moving with her Peruvian husband to live full-time in Peru in 2007. An epicurean at heart, Sheila first became inspired about food and cooking through the fantastic cooks in her Danish family. In her free time, Sheila is a volunteer at an orphanage, is involved in sports, including tennis and spinning, and loves exploring Peru’s incredible cuisine.