Although not yet as well known as such places as Astrid y Gaston and Central, there’s no doubt that Saqra is well on the path to becoming one of the most recommended restaurants in Lima, a city known to be one of the prime gastronomic centers of South America. It all starts with the creative concept underlying the creation of the restaurant. The most successful businesses often have a clear mission that helps them to stay on their chosen path and create the service or products that their customers will enjoy. Saqra goes one step further and creates its own mythology.
The Saqra is a traditional character from Andean folklore. The word is a Quechua one which can mean devil as well as naughty. The character is a favorite one from the Paucartambo festival, a yearly multi-day extravaganza in the province of Cusco featuring a variety of costumed dance troupes.
For the restaurant, this concept has been reinterpreted to mean the inner child that many of us have lost contact with. He (or she) is that imaginary friend growing up or the inner voice that compelled you to do something a bit mischievous. So when you’re ready to relax, let go and lighten up, this is the perfect place to do it.
The feel is relaxed, with brightly colored touches that appeal to the child in all of us. All the details, including the furniture, the art, the music and the accents combine to create a place that’s fun and makes you feel at home. The attentive and friendly service only serves to accentuate that. Saqra is a place where your inner child as well as your outer adult can be comfortable.
Of course, it is a restaurant. And as delightful as all these touches are, they would be meaningless if the food and drinks didn’t match. Not to worry… you’ll find plenty to rave about in that regard as well. To start out, treat yourself to one of the many wonderful pisco drinks. It’s a great place to try a pisco sour, Peru’s national drink, but for something really special, especially if you’re dining on the terrace on a warm day or evening, try the frozen pisco chilcano with chichi morada … definitely an adult’s style of refreshment!
The food offers some variations on classic Peruvian dishes as well as some brand new creations of their own. Slight variations are made that allow you to try an old favorite but with a new flair. For example, Anticuchos are a very traditional dish, typically made with beef heart. Here, it’s made from the finest sirloin but with a traditional anticucho sauce. The sauce itself is vegetarian and, while the menu already has several vegetarian options, a revised menu will include a veggie option with this same sauce.
Flavors fit together perfectly so that they are a subtle blend rather than one over powering the other. Peruvian ingredients from all over the nation are used so you can get a nice sample of what the country has to offer. While everything is cooked to melt in your mouth perfection, if there is one simply must-try dish it is the Carob and Raisins Cream in Crispy Pastry with Sauco (Elderberry) Sauce.
Dribble a bit of the sauce over one of the puffs of pastry and pop the whole thing in your mouth. As the carob cream explodes in your mouth, combining with the superb pastry and the touch of berries, you’ll feel like you’ve gone anywhere but to the devil.
Saqra is located at Av. La Paz 646, Miraflores, Lima. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from 12:00 noon, closed Sundays. You can find them on the web at www.saqra.pe.