Quote about Lima, PeruLima, Peru is an ugly city. And yet. It appears on all the most important culinary success lists.

With a third of Peru’s population packed into its urban sprawl, this is a place where form comes way before function. Then again, maybe that is part of the explanation: the people of Lima put all the beauty onto their plates… They also have:

  • A vast reservoir of traditional recipes.
  • An incredible influx of flavors and influence from the rest of the globe through immigration.
  • Affordable dining.
  • The tropical location and a huge variation in altitude which produces basically every food crop a young chef can dream of or demand.
  • A grand pantry of unknown and little-known herbs, fruit and vegetables in the Andes and Amazon as well as a very varied seafood offering courtesy of the Humboldt Current.

Restaurants that make 
looking at Lima worthwhile

Astrid & Gastón

Peru’s foray onto the international gastronomy stage began here in 1994. Chef Gastón Acurio is married to one of the world’s best pastry chefs, the German chocolatier Astrid Gutsche and their restaurant celebrates home cooking with a twist of haute cuisine served up in a spacious 17th Century Palacio decorated in modern, minimalist style.

Famous for

being the first

DO…

order the tasting menu


Central Restaurante

Chef Virgilio Martínez works with his sister Malena to discover the subtle differences and surprises of the different elevations and ecosystems of Peru have to offer. And then they introduce diners to local agriculture and ingredients.

Famous for

dishes that are as beautiful as they are diverse. Expect an education.

DO…

book months in advance.

Central food


El Señorio del Sulco

An incredible location on Lima’s Malecon clifftop boulevard with views of the Pacific from the glass walls, this is the go-to for ‘Criollo’ classics. Chef Flavio Solórzano was taught by his grandmother Julia.

Famous for

traditional Spanish blend and pre-Columbian Peruvian techniques and recipes.

DO…

arrive hungry.

El Señorio de Sulco


Osso

One of the most exclusive butcheries in the world. Chef Renzo Garibaldi started inviting friends around to his La Molina grill to help him experiment with his aging process and never stopped. If you do not fancy off the beaten track a second Osso is now open in the central San Isidro district.

Famous for

Maybe the best steak you will ever enjoy.

DO…

not expect authentic Peruvian cuisine.

Osso Lima Peru


La Picanteria

Live like the locals and enjoy ‘picanterias’ for lunch. Drawing from Arequipa cuisine in the southern Andean foothills.

Famous for

Beef ribs, Chicharron and rocoto en chupe made with Peru’s hottest native chili peppers.

DO…

expect the menu to be heavy on fabulous fish and seafood.

La Picanteria


Malabar

Reverse engineering the exotic ingredients of the Amazon to please diners with spectacular fare, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino walks the fine line between genius and madness with aplomb.

Famous for

A bar that has been ranked within the top 10 in the world.

DO…

expect the familiar to have received a remarkable makeover.

Malabar


Chez Wong

The king of ceviche works alone. He only opens for lunch. There is no menu. The main ingredients are strictly Dover sole and octopus. Everything depends on his mood.

Famous for

Being the most fashionable food in the least fashionable neighborhood.

DO…

check out your fellow diners… They might be famous. Then again they might not be. It’s that kind of place.

Chez Wong


Amaz

Schiaffino’s more accessible restaurant, Amaz might not pull as tightly on the purse strings but it certainly does not pay any less heed to the biodiversity of the Amazon basin.

Famous for

Sophisticated takes on jungle staples such as juanes, Cecina and tacacho

DO…

have a clever cocktail or two featuring equally rare Amazonian ingredients.

Amaz, Lima Peru


Maido

The Nikkei influence on fine dining started with Japanese immigrants arriving in Peru in 1889. Maido is the ultimate expression of the fusion between Japanese technique and Peruvian ingredients.

Famous for

Conventionally magnificent Japanese sushi next to guinea pig confit.

DO…

be ready to experience a feast for both your eyes, soul, and belly.

Maido Lima Peru

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