In honor of today being National Hamburger Day, I found it only fitting to share my thoughts about the new Hamburger Restaurant in Lima, Peru. Papacho’s was opened in September 2012 by Gaston Acurio and was founded upon the idea that “todo puede ser hamburgueseable” or “everything is hamburgerable.” That it certainly true at Papacho’s.
Papacho’s is tucked into “Restaurant Row” as I have affectionately named the group of four restaurants on La Paz on Miraflores which also includes Los Bachiches, Ache and aMAZ. The large front windows cause every passerby to wish they were walking inside to taste one of the delicious burgers and fries. The tables were all lined with butcher paper that sported the Papacho logo along with a silver bucket containing silverware and napkins, giving the feel that maybe you were sitting at a picnic table. The bar was located towards the back and elevated for all to see and the kitchen was tucked to one side of the bar.
The menu was filled with tempting options made from Peruvian ingredients. The burgers were combinations that represented flavors from different regions or types of food. There was a selection of vegetarian options along with other more traditional dishes of Peru. The sundaes all looked amazing with options like Sublime, Mazamorra Morada, Lime Pie and Suspiro Limeño.
We tried a variety of different hamburgers and opted for both regular french fries along with sweet potato french fries. Everyone loved what they got. I tried bites from a few others and they were all delicious. But, I was super content with the one I ordered, the Charapa Burger. It was a burger that represented the flavors of the Peruvian jungle, la selva. The burger had fried banana, pico de papagayo (instead of pico de gallo) which was a tomato pineapple combination, and an aji charapita mayonnaise.
The Criolla Burger was also tasty with onions, aji sauce, avocado and papas al hilo. (What DO you call those things in English?!) The Huachana Burger incorporated flavors from Huacho with a rocoto sauce, a fried egg and papas al hilo. The Chapada Burger comes with two kinds of cheese and it topped with bacon – a BLT dream! The Frenchi Burger has caramelized onions, swiss cheese and a tomato mushroom sauce. The Gaucha Burger represents Argentina with its chimichurri sauce, caramelized onions, provolone cheese and avocado. The Papacha Burger comes with an onion ring, bacon, blue cheese and elderberry ketchup. This is the chef’s special.
The portions were filling and delicious. I cannot wait to go back and try another burger!
Av. La Paz 1045, Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru
Price range S./29-45