Totora Cebicheria Peruana at DIFC provides a great introduction to Peruvian culinary journey, which is a smorgasbord of cultural interchange. My girlfriends and I enjoyed this space which boasts of inventive flavor combinations, imaginative presentation while still staying true to authentic. The start was not on a high note as we went around in circles trying to locate this space that is tucked away in a corner - finding them would be an accident. Fortunately our impression changed once we entered the inviting space inside Totora - eclectic interiors with an interesting parade of colors that makes this spot both hearty and elegant. The action is split over two floors. A picturesque lounge basement which boasts of a Dj spinning groovy tunes and the main floor dedicated to stylish dining.
In a Peruvian spot, a Pisco sour would be an obligatory order as it is the national drink. I went for the infused version and it sure had the effect to transport me to an exotic land. My companion chose the Chicha Morada, brewed from purple corn and she was all praises for this cheerful and deliciously-spiced drink. Humble vegetarian dishes such as the Quinoa Risotto, Mushroom Empanadas and Cebiches Champinones left us pleasantly surprised.
Signet Ring Seals: Lomo saltado, succulent stir-fried tenderloins plated to look like an artist’s palette. This winning plate included the most astounding round knobs of roasted baby potatoes- crisp outside and perfectly cooked inside.
You may know of restaurants in the city that offer terrific food, but how many of them also offer fabulous desserts? Totora not only has immensely satisfying savory selection but boasts of on-point sweet treats; perfect ingenious touches to traditional Peruvian desserts. The highly recommended are, Classico Peruano - The smooth texture of Rice pudding is contrasted with a fig crumble and stained with purple corn. Beautifully presented dessert, Tres Leches is not just aesthetically pleasant, but highly satisfactory.
If you are a bit of a foodie and looking to try out some Peruvian, this space featuring attentive staff showcases the very best of Peru- The kind of food you can do very frequently and feel virtuous and healthy. This space comes highly recommended by us!