I had zero expectations for the El Lobby restaurant at the El Pardo Doubletree by Hilton in Lima.
It's a nice enough hotel, but it is a chain hotel in the tourist district of Miraflores. I was thinking tourist food at tourist prices, particularly as I am travelling with a group.
Instead, we got flavoursome, interesting food with a local accent; beautifully presented and served by helpful, multilingual staff.
First up, an amuse bouche of chicken mousse, served with "welcome drink of Pisco Sour - the local speciality.
Then a tasty octopus carpaccio with a traditional tapenade sauce, followed by local corvina fish in a bisque with potato cakes, then a selection of local pastries.
All in all, very impressive. This trip with Contours Travel is off to a good start.
El Pardo Doubletree by Hilton, 141 Calle Independencia, Miraflores, Lima. www.doubletreelima.com.pe