By Maribel RiveroLima continues to progress and revolutionize their dining scene, from high-end to very approachable. Taking advantage of the continued growth, chef and restaurateur Jaime Pesaque of Mayta, and chef Renato Peralto have combined their talents to present a one of kind Peruvian eatery, artisanal, and specialty food market called Peru Pa’Ti. It’s hard to miss the prominent, purple colored house, located at Armendariz 546 in Miraflores. Upon entering the lovely house, a friendly hostess warmly explains the ins and out of this self-service concept. Peru Pa’Ti can be disorienting, as it seems familiar, though self-service counters aren’t as popular as they once were. Inside, there are four stations to enjoy: sandwiches on Peralto’s heavenly breads; ceviches and tiraditos; hot anticuchos and saltados; and a bar serving, Pisco cocktails, wine, and artisanal beers. Lastly, a Peruvian coffee bar resides in the courtyard offering roasted coffee by Harriyson Neira. A bar-coded card is swiped for each purchase made at each of the four stations to be paid upon your exit with the cashier.
Each of the areas each has barstool sitting areas to enjoy your meal. Towards the middle of the house is an area featuring handcrafted pottery, unique wood serving platters, and other one of a kind Peruvian crafts for purchase. One of the standouts is a hand-painted serving tray covered in Paiche skin, the large fish from the Amazon that appears on many a menu in Lima.
“We noticed that a concept that celebrated the gastronomy of Peru in one place, like Eataly does so well, did not exist in Peru,” says Peralta. “So we tried to create a smaller version, with the appropriate name, Peru Pa’ Ti, offering the great products that Peru offers.”Pesaque and Peralto wanted to offer a sample of the popular items Peru has to offer in terms of food, in a relaxed environment. Its similarity to New York’s Eataly concept is striking. Much like Oscar Farineti’s New York food hall, Peru Pa’Ti is a wonderland of eating the best of Peru and purchasing artisanal crafts in one place. Both well-traveled chefs were inspired by the Eataly concept and can’t deny the resemblance.
Peru Pa’ Ti may be on a much smaller scale than Eataly, but the concept is definitely applicable with room to grow. Pesaque’s growing empire has now reached as far as Dubai, with the opening of his Mayta concept this past September. Additionally, he has restaurants in China, Miami, Uruguay, and even Norway. For more on what makes Pesaque tick, check out our interview with the enterprising chef here. If these two enterprising chefs have it their way, Peru Pa’ Ti will soon be a packed house expanding to a city near you.