Despite having more restaurants than any city in the world, Tokyo’s food scene can seem rather monocultural with plenty of ramen bars, gyudon restaurants, and izakayas serving up the same fare on every street. As good as Japanese cuisine may be, there are times when a break from the fish, rice, and noodles is needed, and this is offered at Arco Iris in Gotanda. The restaurant is located a short walk from Gotanda station, but it is easy to miss amongst the sea of izakayas and love hotels in the area.
Run by Peruvians, the restaurant offers authentic Latin American dishes in the shadow of Macchu Picchu. A massive painting adorns one of the walls, transporting diners to the iconic ancient ruins. A range of Latin American paintings and tapestries, as well as the tablecloths lining the seats that can accommodate up to 40 people, complete the authentic Peruvian feel.
As for the menu, meat is the key ingredient with a range of different steaks and cuts of beef, pork, and chicken available, but there are also alternatives for those who prefer not to eat meat with fresh salads, fried fish, and seafood stew. We recommend going for a mixed grill with pork, beef and chicken, it’s more than enough for two to share and it comes with your choice of salad, chips, or rice as a side dish.
The prices are a little higher than your average Japanese restaurant, with most main dishes ranging between 1500 yen and 2800 yen, but as mentioned, the portions are large so if going in a group then a few dishes will suffice to share. The highlight of the meal was the homemade yellow chili salsa that definitely packs a punch. Complimenting the grub are Peruvian beers, Inca Cola, and Latin American wines to complete an authentic Peruvian dining experience as a great alternative to ramen or sushi.
An all-you-can-drink and set food course option is also available at 4000 yen if you feel like splashing out.
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