Isolina Taberna Peruana

Av San Martin 101, 101, Peru

51-1-2475075

Just a few blocks from the beach and in the heart of the bohemian arts district of Barranco, Isolina is a neighborhood hangout helmed by highly revered chef Jose del Castillo. Located in a historic building, the eatery retains its original colonial tile floors and ancient wood paneling and bar, and Castillo honors the past in his fresh takes on criollo cuisine, which is rooted in the traditions of slaves who brought African culinary influences to Peru. Here, dishes might include black beans and rice patties and tortillas with calf’s brains. Instead of trying to navigate the menu, it’s best to ask for the house specialties and trust that you are in the hands of a master.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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