The strictly vegetarian Lakshmivan (Jerusalén 402, tel. 054/22-8768, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, US$3.50) serves incredibly well-priced, creative dishes in a pleasant garden patio. The menu includes seven different soy meat dishes, vegetarian paella, spinach lasagna, tofu and soy hamburgers, pumpkin soup, and 16 different salads under US$3—including the hard-to-find Greek salad. This is also the best place around for a healthy breakfast of muesli, yogurt, and homemade bread.
Govinda (Santa Catalina 120, tel. 054/28-5540, 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m. daily, US$2.50) has one of its largest restaurants here, a half block from the Plaza de Armas, with both indoor and courtyard seating. The menu is a range of vegetarian, Italian, Hindu, and Peruvian plates. Natural yogurt can be bought by the liter or quaffed in the form of a mango shake along with the US$2.50 lunch menu.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition