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“Savory local goodness” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Blanquita

Restaurante Blanquita
Ranked #4 of 101 Restaurants in Iquitos
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Savory local goodness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Great place to try local jungle specialties. Clean restaurant setting that is less intimidating than trying to score a plate of food at the Belen or Nanay markets, but still a very local establishment with Spanish-only menu.

I'm a sucker for anything cooked in a leaf, so it's hard for me to resist their multiple leaf-ed offerings. I like the corvina/sea bass (cooked in the leaf, of course), and their tacacho has a nice flavor and moist texture unlike other places where it can be too dry. Their chorizo is quality and tasty. Between the tamales and humitas, if you like strong and bold flavors, go tamale--the seasoning actually verges on too aggressive for me. If you want something a little milder and slightly sweet with a finer texture, go humita. Both benefit from a nice dose of the red onion relish. Their seasonal juice drink (refresco) by the glass is always a delicious and cheap accompaniment.

The reasons I didn't give them a full 5 rating is that food can sometimes tread on the salty side, the service can be spotty when it gets busy (and sometimes even when it's not so busy), and the size of the fish can vary. The salt issue really isn't a shocker in Latin America. Service, you just have to be assertive (but still reasonably polite) and insist on being tended to (because you'll notice that the locals are doing the same). And regarding portion size, you have a better chance of choosing the size of your fish if you hang out around the grill/prep counter downstairs at the entrance and point out the one you want before you go to your table. Alternately you could ask for a big or small fish if you just order off the menu after you sit, but it'll have to be communicated in Spanish. You do pay by weight, so you may not want to pay for a huge fish when you just want a taste or be disappointed by a small fish when you're really hungry.

Visited September 2013
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Monterey Park, California
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Best Tamale!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

For 30 cents, you will have the best tamale you will ever have!!!!
Truly local, no English menu, I wish I learned some Spanish before coming here because we had a big problem of ordering the same fish dish that other tables are ordering. Other than the language barrier, good food! Their jerky (cecina) is a bit on the salty side.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank saltyseaeye
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Vermont
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97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Local, local”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

I wish we had gone here *after* we had learned more (and tasted more) of the local food (what juanes are, for instance) instead of before. Even so, it may not be to everyone’s taste. This is truly a local haunt without an English menu or English-speaking waitstaff, and the food, while interesting, is simple and unadorned, and there is a lot of it. Recommended with caveats.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Iquitos, Peru
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Real Peruvian Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

If you want to eat the food the people in Iquitos enjoy, this is the place. Fresh fish, fruit and vegetables from the area are prepared in delicious recipes. Very clean!

Visited December 2011
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1 Thank KDJPeru
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Classic local food, worth trying once”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

Disclaimer: Even though I have lived in Iquitos I am not a big fan of "regional" food.

Blanquita is an institution in Iquitos. Started out selling juanes and in a table outside of Blanquita's house and now is a two-story restaurant.
Has the classics including cecina con tacacho, several different kinds of juanes, hen's soup and tamales. Portions are freaking huge. Not much variety if you are not into local food. For the light eaters, a tamal and some maduro frito, or empanadas de yuca are your best bet.
My group insists on going here several times when we are in town.
If you want to get the local food experience, this is probably your best bet.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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