Lima, Peru is known as the culinary capital of South America, with many great restaurants springing up all over Lima. With the cultural mix in the population, the result is a fusion of food that has to be tasted to be believed. This year there was three restaurants listed in the fifty best restaurants in the world. Some of Peru´s chefs are listed among the best in the world and many have not only opened restaurants in Peru but also around the world. So let us take a culinary journey in Lima, Peru.
To list all the best restaurants in Lima, Peru would be quite impossible, so we will list some of the best that we think you should try on your trip to Peru.
Number 1. From celebrity chef Gaston Acurio is the famous Astrid y Gaston, this is the Peruvians flagship restaurant and the menu includes specialties from all over Peru which consists of food from the coast, the highland and the jungle. All the meals are cooked on a wood fire, which is a feature of the restaurant. Housed in an old Lima house in the Miraflores district of Lima, this restaurant should be on your Lima list.
Number 2. Again, by Gaston Acurio is El Mar and as the name suggests this restaurant is all about seafood. The menu changes daily according to what is fresh. Do not forget to try the Ceviche and the Leche de Tigre both specialties of the house.
Number 3. Central Restaurant in the elegant Miraflores district of Lima is known for its daring use of special ingredients. The menu feature Avant guard meat and fish dishes, which make for a wonderful dining experience, but remember if you want to eat at this special restaurant you may need to book at least thirty days in advance as this experience is very popular.
Number 4. If you are looking for a different experience, look no further than Maido, this mix of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine will delight the senses. Head chef an owner Mach Tsumura leads the way with a grand imagination and the ability to create some of the best food in Lima.
Number 5 La Picanteria, this restaurant is more informal than the previous mentioned but let that put you off as the food is delicious. Large servings and plenty of fish dishes make this a favorite of many locals in Lima and tourists alike. The restaurant is located in the Surquillo district of Lima.
Number 6. El Mercado by top Peruvian chef Rafael Osterling restaurant is very popular with the Lima food crowd. Located in Miraflores district of Lima, this restaurant will not disappoint but please remember the restaurants is only open for lunch.
Number 7. Chez Wong, said to be the best Ceviche in Lima, this restaurant has no menu and the owner Javier Wong is the only chief in the kitchen, you will receive a large portion but will need to book in advance and is only opened for lunch. Located in La Victoria, not the best location in Lima but worth the journey.
Number 8. Travel to the Barranco district of Lima, said to be the bohemian nightlife district is the family run, Isolina, featuring many different Cervices and traditional dishes all from home recipes from the chief’s mother. Not to be missed on your culinary journey to Lima.
Number 9. Located in the San Isidro area of Lima is the fabulous, Malabar from Chief Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. This restaurant unlike the others listed in this article features ingredients only from the jungle making the food an interesting mix of fresh fruit, fish with many dishes cooked in banana leaves. For different taste, sensations try Malabar for pleasantly tasty food with a difference.
Number 10. While in Lima, you must try some of the special pork sandwiches called Buttifarras, these delicious sandwiches consist of pork, tomato, onion, chili and mustard. One of the best is La Lucha, in the heart of MIraflores near Kennedy Park. This place also features some delicious fresh juices. Opened until late this is great for a snack on your way home from the bar or disco.
In all districts of Lima, there are markets that all have a food sections, usually run by a local woman who will sell you what is called a ¨menu¨. This features a starter, normally a soup, then a main, which is a Peruvian dish and either a desert or a drink. This is a very economical way to eat and these menus you will find all over Peru. Please make sure you only eat at the stands where there are many people, this generally means that the food is good and fresh.
On your luxury trip to Machu Picchu, you will need to arrive into Lima first. Try to spend some time in Lima for the food alone as well as the sites and the experiences. Cusco Peru travel is the perfect agency for all your luxury travel needs. Contact us today for a free quote for you next trip to Peru. We hope you enjoyed your culinary journey through Lima, to many great places to name.