Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rating Tony Roma's - Lima, Peru

The magnificent view from Tony Roma's
Our first meal in Lima was, if not Peruvian, American. Lunch at Tony Roma's had that feeling of the United States, bu there were elements showing that we were in South America. 

Rating Tony Roma's, Lima Peru: BBBBB- (4,64 points)
  • Location: BBBBB
  • Service: BBBBB
  • Interior & atmosphere: BBBB
  • Food: BBBB
  • Beverage: BBBBB
Larcomar shopping centre
Tony Roma's in Lima belongs to a chain of restaurants located in 16 US states and 31 other countries on six continents. Tony Roma's restaurants famous for its ribs, but you can order poultry, seafood, or vegetable dishes as well.

Tony Roma's in Lima is located in the impressive Larcomar shopping centre in the Miraflores area in the Perucian capital. Larcomar is built into the cliff overlooking the beach underneath and the waves of the Pacific.

We were seated by the rails outside where we could enjoy the great vista.

Butter and rocoto sauce
The interior at Tony Roma's looked like any you will find in he US, not remotely like what you would expect in Peru. Miraflores is, however,  one of the most cosmopolitan of the Peruvian capital.

We experienced excellent and expedient service at Tony Roma's from a professional English speaking staff, made it easy for us to order our food, and it did not take long to be served. We decided to share a plate of assorted appetizer as starter, followed by a pulled pork sandwich.

Delicious fluffy roll
Nachos, onion rings and wings with dip
First we were served  the most delicious fluffy roll with butter and rocoto sauce.

We absolutely loved the rocoto sauce at Tony Roma's. It is made from the capsicum pubescens, a species of  pepper found primarily in Central and South America. Plants, and especially the fruits, are often referred to as rocoto (Quechua: ruqutu).

The sauce was delicious and very hot, as we experienced, but we could not stay away from that burning sensation.

Nachos in a separate stand
Then we got our starter. We had ordered an assorted appetizer to share, and we were served an American sized dish indeed. Onions rings wrapped, nachos served in a separate stand, chicken wings and different dips including one of my favouites, spinach dip!!
Our pulled pork sandwich looked like a hamburger
Tender, but stringy and looked rather unappealing
Cusquena served in characteristic glasses

The appetizers at Tony Roma's were perfect but served in such a quantity that it was nearly too much for two, leaving less space for the main course. In our case, it did us no harm, as the main course gave a disappointment.

We ordered a pulled pork sandwich. I have tasted the deliciously seasoned, mouthwateringly tender, long roasted pork meat in the US, and (obviously for you) loved it.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed when it arrived at our table. It just looked like a burger served with French fries.

And the taste disappointed as well. It tasted something in between ketchup and barbeque sauce, with a sweet aromas with a hint of caramel.

The pulled pork was tender, but stringy and looked rather unappealing. We were hungry and ate the pulled pork sandwich, but it was a disappointing culinary experience particularly after the excellent appetizer.  

At the meal I had my first Cusquena beer, the fresh brew from Cusco served dripping cold in characteristic glasses.

Cusquena is brewed according to the German purity law and dates back to 1911. I loved this beer, refreshing quelling thirst in the heat.

So lunching at Tony Roma's was an excellent experience. Great location, and appetizer, disappointing main course, decent service.

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