“Strolling through Barranco is to meet poetry and fill the soul with beauty and inspiration,” the well-known Peruvian writer Abraham Valdelomar (1888-1919) once said. This phrase can be read in the center of Primera Parada, the new gastronomic market and cultural space of the district, celebrating precisely the wealth that lives there. Last Saturday the 23rd they officially inaugurated their space, after more than 5 years of having started the project, and Provecho visited them. We tell you everything about the culinary proposal they offer and what dishes you cannot miss.
Alfonso Martínez-Barona, architect and partner of First stop He tells us that the idea arose, initially, as a real estate bet together with his father-in-law, the renowned Peruvian architect Emilio Soyer Nash (1936-2017). Along the way, the novelty of gastronomic markets emerged and what better than to bet on creating one in Barranco, a highly touristy district that did not have this model. From the purchase of the first plot to the opening, more than five years have passed.
He, along with three partners, Glenn Dyer, Marbe Bustos and Josep Bonnet, decided to include an interesting cultural proposal. They have reading spaces with book presentations, DJs, groups and soloists perform and you can even visit to watch a football game. “Primera Parada is more than a food court, it is a combination of food, leisure, entertainment and culture,” says Martínez-Barona.
They currently have eleven gastronomic spaces, where it offers from signature cocktails to a glimpse of the best of national gastronomy, also betting on international culinary experiences.
As it should be, Peruvian food has an important place in this market. Thus, we find The Patarashkita, an emblematic restaurant of Amazonian gastronomy. This time we tried the Amazonian chaufa served with fried banana slices and some pork ribs dipped in cocoa honey. A combination of sweet and salty that will conquer the palate of the most demanding diner.
Cebichela It gives the fresh and marine touch with a menu that includes classics such as leche de tigre, tiradito, mussels with chalaca and a variety of ceviches. We were able to test the shells parmesan And we definitely recommend them, yes, a touch of lemon is essential when tasting them.
On the other hand, we find Tokyo, a fusion sushi restaurant that offers Makis like the acevichado, the parrillero, the california roll or the spicy tuna (spicy tuna). Also, you can find other versions like temakis or keto roll. Lima Fries it is a space for all lovers of French fries, which are served with different accompaniments and tasty sauces.
If it’s hard-hitting options, Street Burger It has taken the lead with delicious burgers such as the Crispy Chicken Burger or Brooklyn St. but we stayed with Wall Street, which combines artisanal Peruvian meat, cheddar cheese, bacon, onion rings, native potatoes and a touch of precise arugula. You can also enjoy snacks like French fries, wings and have vegan burgers with ingredients like Beyond Meat or quinoa.
Although the strength is in the local flavors, the bet of First stop It also extends to international experiences thanks to the presence of restaurants such as Partisan, which invites us to enjoy Italian delicacies. Thus, we can find tomato tartare, focaccias, spaghettini and ravioli with various sauces and pizzas. This time we tried the salami, which also has mozzarella and burgos cheese, cherry tomato jam and coriander sprouts. A balanced combination between the sweetness of the jam and the strong and salty flavors of the cheeses and salami. If what you are looking for are snacks accompanied by good wines, Iberian Selects It offers various tables with charcuterie of all kinds, quality cheeses and accessories such as bread and olive oil.
Since no meal is complete without drinks and desserts, they also include an interesting selection of restaurants. Nomads It is a traveling bar that offers reverted classics such as the cosmopolitan or the cute cholo, but they also have an interesting menu of signature cocktails such as boozer, with whiskey, averna, grapefruit and ginger ale, or the globetrotter, which has rum, orgeat de peanuts, passion fruit syrup, lemon and ginger ale.
The sweet touch is givenLive the Crepe! and Haagen Dazs. The first is a restaurant that invites us to enjoy crepes, waffles and milshakes with various toppings and sauces. As for any diner to find their perfect combination. And if you are a fan of the ice creams, Haagen Dazs (the well-known ice cream brand) has a cart so you can taste its interesting and succulent flavors.
- First stop It is open from Sunday to Wednesday from noon to 10 pm, while from Thursday to Saturday, it is open until 11 pm The space is located on Avenida Pedro de Osma 203, Barranco. One block from the Barranco Municipal Park. To learn more about their events and gastronomic proposal visit their profile Instagram @ primeraparada.pe.
- The space is connected with 30 apartments that are oriented to tourist income, that is, they are designed so that tourists can rent these spaces for defined times and live in the Barranco.