By Allison Valladolid
Lima’s gastronomy has become renowned all over the world. This is to a large part thanks to the wide offer of natural products and resources that come from the country’s three regions, a source of inspiration for each one of the restaurants that make up this list
Central was ranked fifth in last year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants
, while its chef, Virgilio Martínez, was considered the best chef in the world by the Chef Choice Award 2017
. Martínez is also at the head of Mater Iniciativa
, a group that investigates, recovers and disseminates Peruvian products in its Lima-based cuisine, working in alliance with local producers.
Central, courtest Restaurant Central
The dishes at Central
are considered to be a journey through Peru’s ecosystems, and a fundamental part of the chef’s creative process is travelling throughout the entire country searching for varieties of tubers, maize or grains that he then includes in his menu. The result: dishes with a strong sense of identity.
Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima
Astrid & Gastón
The renowned chef and icon of Peruvian cuisine Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid Gutsche founded the restaurant in 1994. Currently, the restaurant is located in Casa Moreyra, a 300-year-old house in Lima’s San Isidro neighborhood. At Astrid y Gastón
, there is a clear objective of promoting Peruvian gastronomy in the world and rediscovering traditional product and recipes.
Bar de la casa, courtesy Astrid y Gastón
Its classis thematic tasting menu always narrates a story, and is changed twice a year. The current menu pays homage to Lima, its people, and its gastronomic history.
Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima
In Japan, there are multiple ways of saying Welcome
, and one of these is Maido
. This restaurant, dedicated to promoting and disseminating Nikkei food –a combination of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines— was chosen as the best restaurant in the2017 Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants
Gindara, courtesy Maido
works together with producers, institutions and NGOs in order to get the best products, such as native potatoes, fruits from the Amazon, and the best seafood. Combining all of these Peruvian culinary influences with Japanese tradition leads to obtaining a genuine Nikkei experience. In addition to this, the restaurant has a bar with a wide offer of wines and international spirits.
Calle San Martín 399, Miraflores, Lima
Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is the creative head behind ámaZ
, which came about with the objective of bringing the gastronomy, culture, and products from the Peruvian Amazon to the rest of the world, adding its own contemporary approach.
ámaZ, gastronomy, courtesy ámaZ
is one of Lima’s most renowned gastronomic spaces, thanks to the elaboration of delicious dishes made with food from the jungle yet based on modern techniques that appeal to the preservation and sustainability of the Peruvian Amazon. Under this concept, this restaurant presents an exotic menu in which each product keeps its nutritional qualities, as well as its freshness.
Av. La Paz 1079, Miraflores, Lima
combines art, gastronomy, and cocktails. It is a gallery, without being a gallery, and even has a curator on its staff. The restaurant seeks to transmit an artistic influence through its cuisine.
Tragaluz, courtesy Tagaluz
What’s special about this restaurant is that art exhibitions are mounted on its premises, rotating every three months. The artwork is also for sale. Past editions have featured the participation of artists such as Mateo Liébana, Santiago Roose, David Zink-Yi, Marco Pando, Nancy La Rosa, and José Carlos Martinat, amongst others.
Tragaluz gastronomy, courtesy Tragaluz
With an innovative gastronomic proposal designed by chef Jean Paul Barbier, the menu offers a wide array of international dishes, featuring Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian flavors. In addition to this, sophisticated cocktails and aperitifs can be sampled in its elegant terrace.
Los Carolinos 118, Miraflores, Lima