La Lucha

Chorillos, Independencia, Miraflores, San Miguel

  • Ambience 85%
  • Service 90%
  • Food 85%
  • Creativity 85%
  • Value 85%

Restaurant Details
La Lucha
Locale: Chorillos, Independencia, Miraflores, San Miguel
Address: Av. Sta. Cruz 814
Telephone: Unposted
Restaurant Type: Fast Casual
Cuisine: Sandwiches
Service Type: Table Service, Take-out
Price: $$$
Menu items offered: Brownies or Blondies, Cheesecake, Coffee, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Salads, Sandwiches, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours:
Sun: 8:00 am - 12:00 am, Mon: 8:00 am - 12:00 am, Tue: 8:00 am - 12:00 am, Wed: 8:00 am - 12:00 am, Thu: 8:00 am - 12:00 am, Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 am, Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 am

Review Summary
La Lucha for lunch? If a clean, albeit somewhat soulless ambiance, and consistent, friendly service are a priority, La Lucha is perhaps the best choice among Lima’s abundant supply of sangucherías.

The full review for La Lucha

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.3 stars Review Date: 11/18/2018

If you were to ask any Limeño on the street what the most famous sandwich shop is in the city, you’d likely get a 50/50 response. Half would say El Chinito. The other half, La Lucha. Both restaurants have experienced a decent modicum of success allowing for franchise opportunities and continued growth.

La Lucha has a very different history. This chain of sandwich shops that has now gone international, with franchises in both Colombia and Chile, is a rather recent phenomenon. Unlike the sixty years plus that El Chinito has been frying the pork, the Peruvian sandwich-restaurant chain has only been in existence since 2009. But the founder of the company, César Taboada, born in the Piura region of Peru, has diligently pursued growth while keeping quality a core-value of the company.

He is an astute businessman that understands the fundamentals of a successful business and what he didn’t know about franchising, he soon learned.

As a result of this more business-like approach to the chain’s expansion, the design and décor of each La Lucha restaurant is by the book.

There’s a consistent application of policy with carefully trained employees. There’s consistent design and décor. There are policies and procedures designed to keep the quality of the sandwich and the service at a high level.

Now, as you might expect, this cookie-cutter growth, results in an ambiance that lacks the individual personality that a non-chain restaurant might possess.

But the service is first-class because the men and women that work at La Lucha are meticulously trained. Many, if not most, were born in Taboada’s birthplace, and have come to Lima seeking employment opportunities. Peruvians aren’t a tall lot. And the individuals coming from Piura are a bit more diminutive than the average Peruvian. The employees at the flagship restaurant overlooking Parque Kennedy are downright tiny. So short, in fact, that the employees behind the counter stand on wooden-boxes to be at eye-level with the tall German tourists that order sandwiches at La Lucha.

But, what the employees lack in stature, they make up for with delightful personalities. This is the friendliest bunch of restaurant-workers in Latin America.

The food is consistently good. One of our complaints about the sandwiches at El Chinito is that the size of the sandwich has been shrinking over the past few years. Well the sandwiches at La Lucha are probably even smaller with less stuff in between the bread slices than those El Chinito. So, if quantity is at the top of your list, there might be better options than La Lucha to satisfy your dining demands. La Lucha also suffers from the same lack of condiments and side-dishes that we complained of in our review of El Chinito.

There are a couple of other differences. La Lucha offers roast-beef, El Chinito doesn’t. But, on the other hand, you won’t find that unique Asian-style chicken and pork that is El Chinito’s hallmark menu item.

If a clean, albeit somewhat soulless ambiance, and consistent, friendly service are a priority, La Lucha is perhaps the best choice among Lima’s abundant supply of sangucherías.


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