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The 5 Best Restaurants in Lima

By Lauren Hill |  October 18 2017


Boasting one of the world’s most exciting fine dining scenes, Lima has a wealth of exceptional restaurants. Each representing the diversity of Peru’s gastronomy, these are the five best restaurants in Lima.

Central

Best Restaurants in Lima

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The Miraflores restaurant of chef Virgilio Martinez, who is also known for the Michelin starred restaurant LIMA in London, Central has a steadfast position among the best restaurants in the world, named Latin America’s number one restaurant in 2017, while coming in at number five in the World’s 50 Best. Through the contemporary Peruvian dishes he creates, Martinez introduces diners to the diversity of ingredients found across Peru, celebrating the country’s biodiversity from the rainforest and coast to high up in the Andes. The inventive tasting menus here are seen as a gastronomic exploration of Peru.

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Astrid y Gaston

Best Restaurants in Lima

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Housed within a historic San Isidro hacienda, Astrid y Gaston is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Lima, and provides diners with a gastronomic experience in unforgettable meals of around 30 plates. Since opening this restaurant more than 20 years ago, the chef Gaston Acurio has been at the forefront of Peru’s modern fine dining scene as Lima has risen to become one of the world’s culinary capitals. The chef is currently placing the focus on the region the restaurant’s in by showcasing ingredients from Lima and its surroundings. Aiming to give diners an insight into the culture and cuisine here, while reflecting the city’s multicultural identity, the menu consists of dishes such as Nikkei stewed beef, and purple corn crepe with peanut hoisin and chifa pickles.

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Malabar

Best Restaurants in Lima

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Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is considered one of Lima’s most influential chefs for taking the ingredients and dishes of the Amazon rainforest to create contemporary fine dining plates at his restaurant Malabar in Lima. This distinct cuisine has led to the restaurant being named among the world’s best restaurants. Select your dishes from an array of small plates such as fresh sea urchin tamale, sea bass ceviche with banana passion fruit tigers milk and yucca, and crunchy guinea pig with fava beans and green pea hummus. Pair this food with a Peruvian cocktail like the classic pisco sour.

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Maido

Best Restaurants in Lima

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Representing Lima’s Nikkei cuisine—the fusion fare that resulted from the arrival of Japanese immigrants in Peru and a cuisine that has since become popular across the globe—Maido is the flagship restaurant of chef Mitsuharu Tsumura. The restaurant offers a tasting menu alongside a la carte options, including an array of classic sushi. Experience exemplary Nikkei cuisine with premium ingredients and unique textures in dishes such as Cau Cau dim sum with sea snail, which are all appealingly presented on the plate.

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Rafael

Best Restaurants in Lima

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Critically acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in Lima. The chef this restaurant takes its name from, Rafael Osterling, has developed a distinct style of modern Peruvian-Italian cuisine with Nikkei influence. By drawing on the diversity of Peru’s culinary heritage, Osterling combines the use of ingredients from the surrounding land with the international influences that are dominant here, creating a menu of mouth-watering plates like Galician roasted octopus with white garlic, smoked flavors and onion petals, roasted corn ravioli with langoustine and buffalo mozzarella, and grilled confit lobster with coral butter, crustacean-truffled foam, yellow potato gnocchi and asparagus.

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