Down a dusty street well away from the touristy part of Barranco you suddenly come upon 3 bustling restaurants. El Villano is the most discreet and quiet of the three and by far the best. BTW only go there by taxi: it is on the edge of a sketchy area that is not for tourists.
Behind a concrete facade you find a cool, tall, airy space. Minimalist decor make it appealing and quite welcoming. The crowd is very much locals in the know. The chef/owner wastes no time in greeting you and giving advice based in your tastes. The pisco sours are good although that is not what distinguishes Villano - the food.
The menu is largely seafood. We had a ceviche of mariscos (fresh, well prepared, tasty but personally I prefer fish) and a tiradito of seafood with a touch of picante (excellent and a nice twist in the traditional dish) as well as some excellent wantons. We lived on to a tacu tacu with langostinas which was delicate and beautifully seasoned, and an arroz con mariscos which was exquisite. The seafood was cooked to perfection - succulent and moist.
Bill for three including beer, pisco sour and chilcao was S./ 290 including tip. Excellent. Going again