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Lima is not a city that is favorable to embracing foreign flavors, especially from other Latin American countries, so the fact that La Catrina is here and offering a menu of not just tacos, but also tostadas, and alambres, that are well cooked and honors many traditions is a breakthrough in its own right.
La Catrina is owned by two Peruvians, one of whom has experience cooking in Mexico. Opened earlier this year in Barranco, they are betting on the hope that they can get Peruvians to warm up to Mexican food, and judging by the quality of the food, they have a decent shot at it.
However, using Mexican ingredients easily available and substituting others with those found locally, they’ve made the smart move of offering their own homemade sour cream, Tabasco sauce, and rocoto-based chili sauces should you feel the need to add a kick to your tacos (I did).
Are the tortillas house-made? No, but I wouldn’t hold that against them. Many reliable Mexican restaurants don’t go to the great lengths of making their own tortillas, and the ones they have selected are suitable – delicate, fresh, and a good bed for the rich meats.
Tacos come three in a pair and you might need help getting through a bowlful of tortilla chips. However, while prices could be shaved a bit (all tacos are S/ 25) they might be justified by the quality of the ingredients.
I was recommended a gin and tequila mix, which was refreshing, not too sweet, and had a pleasant degree of bitterness from the contrasting alcohols and orange peel. While I normally prefer bitter drinks, it was missing a sweet component or additional citric element that could brighten it up a bit.
The flor de Jamaica was a bit too sweet for me but I tried my friend’s horchata, and surprisingly enjoyed it. While I hesitated to order the same, fearing something too heavy and creamy, it was light and very refreshing.
La Catrina does a lot right. Go with friends if you’re looking for a relaxed meal and craving Mexican food that’s ok with embracing Peruvian touches. If you’re too picky, better off saving your soles for a flight to DF.
Av. Pedro de Osma 119, Barranco
Phone: (01) 2842556
Tue – Thur 6pm – 12am
Fri 6pm – 1am
Sat & Sun 12pm – 1am
Entradas – S/ 15-25
Tacos, Alambres, Quesadillas – S/ 25
Tortas – S/ 23
Cocktails – S/ 33 and up
Tequilas & Mezcals – S/ 23 and up
Juices – S/ 9-13