The Latin American’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016 lists Andrés Rodríguez’s La Mar as the 12th best, featuring ceviche along with fresh, sustainable Peruvian fare.
I went there to lunch one day, going a bit late to try to avoid the crowds since it’s a “no res” place. Wrong. There were lines out the door, yet the friendly hostess explained for two, we’d only have a 30 minute wait.
With drinks offered while we anticipated lunch, we skipped the classic pisco sour (having sampled too many while in Peru) for a refreshing Moscow mule (~$9).
Once we were seated (in much less time than we were told), we nibbled on their fresh plantain chips with three flavorful yellow, red and green chili-based sauces while deciding what to order.
We selected an Argentinian torrontes (Kaiken) to accompany our food (~$40). Trying to have a variety of seafood, we shared the ceviche mixto of fresh fish and seafood with tigers milk and chilies (~$15) along with classic Peruvian corn and some other veggies. Refreshingly good.
And then the amazingly tender plancha anticuchera ($21), wood-fired octopus and squid in an antichera sauce. Perfection — as was the friendly service.