Though it has the same owner as Lima's Mediterranean fusion restaurant of the same name, the food at this La Gloria is rooted in Spain, with touches of Peru, France, and Italy. Choose between the modern dining room, with polished concrete floors and abstract artwork, or the brighter, more casual terrace. Beyond the more Andean preparations—cuy crocante (deep-fried guinea pig), quinoa soup, tacu tacu (refried rice and beans)—there are plenty of excellent regional Spanish dishes like suquet de peix (a Catalonian fish soup) and a hearty seafood paella. Quite a few Peruvian pisco drinks are available, as well as a decent wine list with selections from Argentina, Chile, and Spain. A small lounge area occasionally has live music or karaoke.
Calle Valladolid, 24-519, at Francisco Salazar
Our Rating Neighborhood La Floresta/New Town Hours Mon–Sat 12:30–4pm and 7–11pm Phone 02/252-7855 Prices Main courses $16–$26 Web site La Gloria