Tío Mario - Under $5
Long ques are always a good sign in a restaurant and this place is worth the wait. Their flagship dish, the anticucho, is a creole dish made from beef heart and grilled to perfection. Don’t let the sound of it stop you, it is delicious. You can fill your heart at this popular restaurant in the Barranco district for five dollars.
La Lucha - Under $10
La Lucha is what locals call a “sanguchería”, a place that serves different sorts of Peruvian sandwiches and fresh fruit juices. One of their top-sellers is the is chicharrón sandwich (fried pork), which Limeños serve with sweet potatoes and onions. La Lucha, in Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, is packed with both Peruvians and visitors day or night.
Sophie Bistro - $10 lunch menu
A gourmet starter, main course and dessert for 10 dollars? Yes please! Sophie Bistro, a beloved restaurant of foodies and chefs, offers a lunch deal that will raise your standards of quality eating and leave you, for once, with a smile when you get the check.
Madam Tusan - $6 lunch menu
Chifa, the Peruvian-Chinese food fusion is among the most popular in Peru for its variety, big portions and low price. There are literally thousands of chifa restaurants around Lima, but if you want the gourmet option, created by the internationally reknowned chef Gaston Acurio (restaurant Astrid & Gaston ranked No 14 in the world) try Madam Tusan. They go beyond your typical chifa as the menu incorporates a variety of Asian fusion dishes. Their restaurant on 28 de Julio in Miraflores offers a lunch deal for 19 Soles, or just six dollars.
Pardos Chicken - Under $10
Chicken is by far the most consumed meat in Peru, but there is a particular way it is prepared that over the decades has made it one of the five favorite dishes for locals: Pollo a la Brasa. This charcoal grilled, rotisserie chicken is often served with fries and a salad. Our favourite spot is Pardo's Chicken, a chain with several locations around Lima.