I’ve said this several times before, “Marc Plumet is a genius.” Marc had a vision. That vision is now his reality. First he married Tania Sanchez one of the nicest, most beautiful women in Iquitos. Then they started work together on the second phase of his vision, a fancy french bistro with a touch of Brussels built in, called appropriately, Amazon Bistro.
The chandelier, and matching wall lamps, the marble table tops and white leather upholstered seating, the gleaming bar top, the large artistic mirrors, the tropical hardwood complimenting the original tile imported from Austria all blend together with the grandeur of a restaurant built during the rubber boom era.
There has not been such opulence in Iquitos since 1915, if ever. The extra opulence can be attributed to Marc and Tanya’s partner, Alan Calder, known to some as French Foreign Legion Alan.
Many of the ex-pat community from at least 9 countries, and their Peruvian friends, joined Alan, Marc, and Tania, to celebrate the grand opening of their Amazon Bistro on the Boulevard.
Among the celebrity guests was Mike Collis, the editor of the Iquitos Times. I’m betting he’s writing an article about the Amazon Bistro party for his newspaper at the same time I’m writing this story.
Tania was the classically beautiful opening night hostess in her stylish dress. Tania and her dress must have modeled straight from a Paris runway show. Very chic.
I drank too much imported french wine and Champagne, nibbled on french bread, french cheese, french ham, salmon, and various other french delicacies and desserts, then at 10:00pm I ambled, and staggered the three boulevard blocks back to my home.
No matter how opulent the decor, the food has to be delicious, and part of Marc’s vision included a first class kitchen and delicious food.
He hired Nicolas, undoubtedly one of the best cooks in Iquitos, then he imported,…(you will never guess what he imported),…a real live french chef to teach the culinary secrets of the authentic french sauces to Nicholas.
The most important element of the chicken breast with potatoes and green beans was the wine sauce, much reduced, and brought back with butter and tiny mushrooms. The sauce was pure concentrated flavor, and the chef brought me extra french bread which I used to wipe the sauce up with. That probably saved me from committing the faux pas of having to lick the platter…it was that good.
Everything is well presented. The chocolate dessert accented with the sprig of mint is typical of the nice little details you can expect at the Amazon Bistro.
When I want espresso, I go to the Bistro.
The Amazon Bistro is located on the Boulevard or Malecon, Tarapaca #268, Iquitos, Tel: (065) 600-785. The doors stay open from 6:00am until late in the night. The price is reasonable. The delicious plate of the day is only S/16 soles, with soup S/18, and S/19 with dessert.
I enjoyed eating at the fine Amazon Bistro four times in their first eight days and the average cost has been less than S/20 per person. I plan to be a regular customer and I hope to meet you at the Bistro.
Marc, Tania, Alan, Nicolas, and Guillaume are all friends of mine. They are nice, hardworking, smart people. You will like the scene at their Amazon Bistro. It is the new place in Iquitos to go for special occasions.
Fine French Cuisine At Amazon Bistro On The Boulevard In Iquitos
Bill Grimes is host of the Dawn on the Amazon Café, and the self appointed restaurant critic of Iquitos. To read over 30 more of his restaurant critiques, click Where To Eat In Iquitos; or the condensed list, Where Will You Eat In Iquitos Peru, to be updated soon.
Bill wrote a more recent article about the Amazon Bistro here;