Last week “The World’s 50 Best” in collaboration with S. Pellegrino once again revealed Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 at a grand ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. And not only the best restaurant in the region is located in Lima, but another 9 gourmet temples in the Peruvian capital are among the 50 best restaurants.
Maido – Best Latin American Restaurant 2017
This year Maido (Calle San Martin 399, Miraflores, Lima), the flagship restaurant of Lima-born Peruvian Nikkei chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, takes the top spot on the list of “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017”. Placed as well on 8th position of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017” Maido offers a seafood-centric menu.
“The World’s 50 Best” says about Maido and Peru’s finest Nikkei chef: “From start to finish, diners are treated as if they’re at home and taken on a gastronomic journey through Peru’s finest produce. After four years in the top echelons of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, this year Maido takes the top spot – a well-deserved accolade for a cook who is liked and respected across the world.
On the menu: For special occasions, Maido’s Nikkei Experience and 200 Miles tasting menus are unmissable, each providing a taste of Tsumura’s Nikkei magic, with dishes such as the fish and octopus hotdog choripan, calamari and snail dim sum and the signature 50-hour asado de tira. Regulars can also enjoy sushi à la carte from the counter for a top notch but speedy mid-week lunch.”
Central – Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017 runner-up
Central (Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima) owned by Peru's most celebrated chef Virgilio Martínez offers an exploration of Peruvian flavors by taking Peruvian food to new heights. Ranking 5th on the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017”, Central this year is the runner-up in the Latin America listing.
“The World’s 50 Best” says about Central: “With three years as Latin America’s Best Restaurant and three in the top five of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Central has become one of the must-visit destinations for food travelers in the whole of Latin America. It’s all down to chef Virgílio Martínez and his wife Pía León’s unique menu celebrating the diversity of Peru.
On the menu: From 25 meters below sea level to 4,200 meters above, Central’s menu takes diners on a tasting adventure through desert plants, rock molluscs, sea creatures and medicinal plant dyes. It’s a treat for the taste buds and a colourful delight for the eyes.”
Astrid y Gastón – 7th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
Gastón Acurio was the first Peruvian chef that actively promoted Peruvian cuisine, ingredients, history and heritage around the globe. Awarded countless times, Astrid y Gaston (Av. Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro, Lima) was the first ever No.1 in the inaugural Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013. Gaston Acurio is famous for his contemporary Peruvian cuisine that honors ancestry and tradition. Astrid y Gaston, housed in a beautifully 17th century mansion decorated in modern, minimalist style, offers an unparalleled dining experience.
According to “the World’s 50 Best”, “Acurio’s extensive tasting menu offers an exploration of the region’s ingredients, traditions and culinary techniques. After a series of menus based on themed narratives, the latest manifestation, called Región Lima, is designed as a more permanent, though evolving, structure. There is a short and long version of the tasting menu, with most ingredients coming from the wider Lima area (and many grown in the restaurant’s garden)”.
Osso Carnicería y Salumería – 12th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
Osso (Calle Tahiti 175, La Molina and Av. Sto. Toribio 173, San Isidro, Lima) is probably the least authentic Peruvian restaurant, but surely the best place in South America for steak and this year can be found on position 12 of “Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants.
Chef Renzo Garibaldi offers in his butcher shop and restaurant Osso the best cuts, from perfectly cooked ribeye to flavored sausages (cheddar, rocoto pepper marmalade and limo chili) fresh from the grill master’s BBQ. There’s a casual a la carte as well as a tasting menu to be eaten with the hands only.
La Mar - 15th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
Chef Gastón’s second flagship restaurant La Mar (Av Mariscal La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima) surely is one of the best place in town to enjoy Peru’s national dish ceviche and a wide variety of other Peruvian fish and seafood dishes prepared by seafood specialist Andrés Rodríguez
Isolina – 21st on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
With Isolina (Av. San Martin 101, Barranco, Lima) chef José del Castillo pays homage to Lima’s traditional home cooking, creole taverns and the his mother.
“The World’s 50 Best” says about Isolina:” Chef José del Castillo is giving back to Lima the ultimate comfort food experience, recreating the feeling of a mother’s love at the table with delicious and nostalgic food in generous sharing portions. Set in a historic house in Barranco – the favourite area in Lima for bohemians, artists and intellectuals – it has the authentic ambience of an old family home.
Typical dishes: Isolina serves many dishes using offal and seafood, including cau cau con sangrecita (tripe and potato stew with fried blood), brain tortilla, liver and onions, and octopus chicharrón (a take on pork scratchings, made with octopus)”.
Rafael – 24th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
Rafael (Calle San Martin 300, Miraflores, Lima), housed in a beautiful Art Deco townhouse in Miraflores, celebrates Peru's eclectic food culture. Chef Rafael Osterling, former lawyer and now one of Peru’s culinary stars, explores the diverse culinary heritage of the country, fusing traditional native ingredients with Italian, Asian and Nikkei influences.
Malabar – 30th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
At Malabar (Av. Camino Real 101, San Isidro, Lima) Pedro Miguel Schiaffino brings the Amazon to life in urban Lima.
And even though the highly rated chef repeatedly stated to just offer "casual cuisine, with a simple spirit and the warmth of home", his creations are spectacular using mostly exotic ingredients, flavors, textures and ancient Andean cooking techniques. Have an aperitif before your meal at Malabar’s bar which ranks among the top 10 in the world.
Fiesta - 46th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
Fiesta Chiclayo Gourmet (Av. Reducto 1278, Miraflores, Lima) celebrates the culinary traditions of Northern Peru and brings the ancient Moche food history and culture to the Peruvian capital.
Typical dishes served at Fiesta include Chiclayo’s most famous dish, arroz con pato (rice with duck) which dates back to the Moche culture, ceviche caliente, and slow-cooked goat ribs.
Amaz – 47th on the list of Latin America’s Best Restaurants 2017
Amaz (Av. la Paz 1079, Miraflores, Lima) is after Malabar Chef Schiaffino's second restaurant. It as well is explicitly dedicated to recipes and ingredients from the Amazon basin bringing staple foods of the Peruvian rainforest to new heights.
Source: The World’s 50 Best