Peruvian cuisine has been gaining recognition during the last years partly because of the efforts of the chef Gaston Acurio. He also owns several restaurants in Lima, and one of these is T’anta, a very modern place decorated in warm colors with Peruvian motifs. T'anta Entrance — Photo courtesy of T'anta Centro Historico
The name is a Quechua word meaning "bread", and yes, T'anta sells many sandwiches and casual meals on-the-go, but there are also complete menus and a la carte options, as well as pastries, coffees and drinks (don’t miss the one based on Peruvian exotic fruits).
T’anta started with one place in San Isidro, but now has some other locations in Lima, including this one in downtown, right at the heart of the Historic Lima Center beside the Plaza Mayor. It has quickly become a tourist-friendly place. It's a comfy and cozy place, perfect for having lunch or dinner after a day of sightseeing around Lima, and for having a coffee or a drink with a friend. Chicharroncito — Photo courtesy of T'anta Facebook
Regarding specialties, you may want to try the sancochado, a delicious and powerful soup that includes beef and many veggies; the chicharroncito, fried, sliced pork served with sweet potato, orange sauce and Peruvian salsa criolla (onion and chili, marinated in lime juice); or maybe the Calentao, or the Combinado, both of them a combination of several creole flavors.
Desserts are something not to be missed, particularly the passion fruit tart. The service is good and friendly but may be a little slow with large groups. However, this place is definitely worth a try. Bon appetit! T'anta pastries — Photo courtesy of T'anta Centro Historico