The city's most elegant restaurant is in a lovely building encrusted with colorful azulejos. The nicest seating is in front of the bar, surrounded by photos of Sophia Lauren and other icons. They serve both local specialties and international fare. If you feel adventurous, try the suri al ajo (palm-tree grubs cooked in wine and garlic sauce) for an appetizer. Other jungle treats include chicharrón de lagarto (fried caiman nuggets) and Amazon fish dishes such as paiche in a carambola (starfruit) sauce and the traditional doradoa la loretana, a sautéed filet with fried yuca and chonta salad. Gran Maloca has an extensive wine list and locally-made fruit liqueurs.
Sargento Lores 170, Iquitos, Peru
Aug 25, 2011
I dined with eight friends of mine at Gran Maloca in April, 2011, what a superb culinary experience ! That was my fourth time in Iquitos, but regrettably only the first occasion I had experienced this restaurant The ambience, atmosphere and service were all fabulous as was the food ; we ate alligator, beef steak and freshly caught Amazon fish, arguably some of the best dishes I've eaten in many years of travelling all over the world - and not too
pricey ! The wine selection is also very good, both reds and whites kept at the correct temps. and impeccably served I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to any travellers staying in Iquitos, it is a 'must do' dining experience I have in fact today, just booked a table for my party of chums meeting up again in Iquitos this October, it's part of the 'grand experience' of being in this wonderful, jungle town !!