Today I had dinner at Malabar, one of Latin America’s top 50 restaurants. I booked a table 3 months in advance! It’s located in San Isidro, Lima’s financial district. The outdoor and indoor decor are simple and not extravagantly decorated.
For my main course I had concolon rice w seafood (60 soles). The rice was overly crispy, sort of hard to chew, and the seafood’s sauce was way too salty. The seafood was sort of undercooked.
For my appetizer I had grilled scallops w bone marrow and Brussels sprouts (45 soles). The bone marrow and Brussels sprouts were good but the scallops were slightly undercooked as well. I also had bread (8 soles); the yucca cheese bread was heavenly.
For my dessert I had lemon chocolate tart + chocolate trio which consisted of gelato, millefeuille, and warm flourless cake (28 soles each). Desserts were rich and quite tasty.
Overall I would give this restaurant a 3-star rating. The service, atmosphere, and food were nothing out of the ordinary and definitely not worth the expensive price. A meal for three came to 336 soles, and I could’ve found much better food at small Peruvian eateries at one-tenth of the price, as many set menus are around 10 soles. Since it made it to Latin America’s top 50 restaurants, the food must’ve appealed to food critics’ palates - I guess my palate isn’t refined enough? I prefer cheap, messy, hearty food in hole-in-the-wall places rather than upscale, refined restaurants with beautifully-plated food, sky-high prices, small portions, and bad lighting.