Of all the restaurants we planned to visit in Peru I was most excited to go to Chez Wong. Many claim that Chef Wong makes the best ceviche in the world right out of a small restaurant in his 'off the beaten path' house in the typically 'locals only' Lima neighborhood of La Victoria. If you want to eat at Chez Wong you have to email in advance or talk to your hotel concierge and cross your fingers. I emailed 3-4 weeks early and received a response a few days later that we were in!
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I found this place while doing research before our trip and it seems that we are quite late to the party. Chez Wong has been visited by many celebrities and dignitaries over the years including Micky’s hero Anthony Bourdain and his non-sexual life mate Eric Ripert. The walls of the dining area were covered in accolades and pictures of Chef Wong proving his notoriety.
After sitting down we were parched and immediately ordered drinks. This was about the time I noticed Micky’s eyes glaze over and her head start to wobble, she suddenly did not feel well due to some combination of altitude sickness, dehydration and an ill-advised ice cube filled drink earlier in the day. Luckily she was able to hold it together for the duration of our meal but most of the eating was up to me.
It is a little more costly than you might expect based on the location and atmosphere, but I thought it was completely reasonable based on the high quality fresh ingredients and the reputation of the chef. It most certainly lives up to the hype. They do take credit cards which is a huge plus. Also, Lima now has Uber (sign up here) so we easily got a quick and safe ride back to our hotel. Unfortunately, Micky was not able to enjoy this meal as much as I did, but maybe we will return someday…
Total Rating: 4.3
Food: 5, Price: 3.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 2