Getting to H-elarte is not that difficult. Just find its distinctive entrance or follow the sweet smell that fills the room. The hard part is leaving and not staying an entire afternoon trying desserts, coffee or sandwiches. It is the first space in Lima that makes use of the perspective of a 2D drawing as decoration. Thus, while enjoying a waffle, an ice cream or a red velvet cake, you can feel part of a comic or, as in my case, part of the video clip of “Take on Me”, a song by A-ha. If you want to explore new restaurants, here we tell you everything about our visit to your local located in Surco.
Advantage spoke with Cecil Lion, general manager of the gastronomic group Il Monte SAC He explains that h-elarte It is the most recent brand of the group and since last year they have been planning its inauguration, which took place just over two months ago. “We were thinking about what to do with a line of artisanal ice creams that we offered in another restaurant, because they are good and the guests enjoy them,” he adds.
How to differentiate yourself from the other new spaces that were emerging? “In terms of concepts and colors, the vast majority use similar things. We started looking for what was trending in other countries and we found similar formats in Japan where the main thing was art”, mentions the manager.
Precisely, that’s where the name comes from according to Cecil: a homage to visual art Y also to the art that means the gastronomy. Those in charge of giving life to this concept were two artists from the National School of Fine Arts of Peru.
“We have had explosive success. People really like the dishes and also the decoration. But, above all, we are a traditional homemade pastry shop that offers the dessert that mom or grandma used to make, but with an added artistic concept,” says Lion.
Dishes full of color and flavor
Unlike the decoration, what brings all the color are the dishes that we can find on the menu, a well-thought-out selection of desserts of all kinds and for all tastes. From the milshake sweeter, decadent and exaggerated -in a good way-, to a delicate and smooth crepe stuffed with chicken and mushrooms, which by the way is one of the richest savory versions we’ve tasted in quite some time.
They surprised us with a sweet feast led by a generous waffles decorated with red fruit sauce, chopped fruit and a crown of chantilly cream. The waffle felt crisp, was plump, and was well cooked. The combination of the dough with the red fruits was perfect.
Another dough we tried was Crepes. In this case, in addition to the salty version, we tasted an option with hazelnut and chocolate cream, strawberries and pieces of brownie. The dough was thin and smooth, the filling generous and sweet without being cloying thanks to the fruit. Each bite was balanced and made us want to clean our plates.
You can also find a cheesecake perfect: made with a soft base, a smooth mixture where you can feel the flavor of cheese and with toppings diverse. In this case we tried the Oreo option with chocolate sauce and the one with red fruits -our favorite-.
If you’re a bit more classic and love the cakesthey also offer an interesting variety that includes a red velvet powerful two-layer and a rainbow cake (rainbow cake) that has a generous portion of homemade pastry cream between each layer. A perfect dessert to capture the curiosity of any confectioner.
Whether it’s to spend a sweet afternoon, share with friends and family, or perhaps to capture the perfect photo for Instagram, h-elarte It is a different option, with interesting options and flavors that are worth enjoying more than once.
- h-elarte It is open at its Surco location (Jirón Augusto Wiese 778) from Monday to Sunday, from 10:30 am to 10 pm To learn more about this space, visit its Instagram profile @helarte.pe or its Facebook page.