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“World class food in Lima”
Review of Malabar

Malabar
Ranked #166 of 2,534 Restaurants in Lima
Price range: US$25 - US$100
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: San Isidro
Steinbach, Canada
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“World class food in Lima”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Probably Central and Astrid Y Gaston are on the top of every foodie's list for Lima. To supplement that list I'd recommend a stop at Malabar and Maido, both offering a different, but equally amazing, perspective on Peruvian food. We dined here at lunch. The atmosphere was modern and classy, but comfortable. The potato with crispy quinoa was the highlight of the starters for us, but both of our main courses were also spectacular. The lamb was incredibly tender and very flavourful. The meal ended with a creative tree from which you plucked a small chocolate. This place does chocolate and pisco very well, too, so don't forget that. I really wish to give this a 5/5 but there was a hiccup with the service at the end where I was brought back someone else's bill and credit card and we were offered the meal-ending tree twice. A mix-up, obviously, but one you wouldn't expect at a world class restaurant. Anyway, I'm sure that doesn't happen often and it doesn't reflect on the quality of food or the service in general, which was good. Overall, a must stop in Lima. The food itself ranks with other great restaurants in the culinary capital of South America, Lima Peru.

  • Visited July 2014
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Hamar, Norway
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“Cool place, cool food”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

The atmosphere here was business like and formal. Food was obviously in the creative sphere and represents something different and rare to find. We were not blown away by the tastes, but tried combinations we've never seen before. Many say that this restaurant does thing more complicated than they should. That may be so if you judge it in professional/gastronomical terms. To us mere travellers wanting to see new fascinating restaurant we really liked it. If the place could adopt a lighter atmosphere among their waiters this might go better along with the food. The atmosphere and "dress code" invites to fine dining. The food that comes on your plate almost invites you to dance...!

  • Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Very good but not quite as unique as I expected”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Food was great but given the restaurants reputation I expected to be totally blow away. The sauce for the grilled octopus starter was great. Octopus itself was slightly over cooked. My entree was excellent. Worth your time and money. Fine dining on an international scale

  • Visited June 2014
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“Food was interesting but too fussy, atmosphere a bit gloomy”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Interesting food but over fussy and over thought through - a simpler approach with the same good and interesting ingredients would be better. I felt the chef was more concerned about being clever than cooking delicious food. Although the decor is attractive in theory, it all adds up to a slightly dark and gloomy atmosphere. It is not a bad restaurant or bad food by any means, but it doesn't live up to the billing as a top 100 San pellegrino restaurant, nor to its very high price. I much preferred Rafael in miraflores.

  • Visited June 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Fun Combinations”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Malabar creates fun creative dishes that are fun to share. The food is good but with small portions. We went as a table of six and my friend did all of the ordering, we dined family style to sample a little bit of everything, which I would recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
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