6 Top Restaurants in Lima

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Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine at Maido.

Lima Dining

Six of the city’s top tables.

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Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s shrimps with huancaína sauce.

By Viia Beaumanis
 
Renowned for its eco-tourism and storied culture, Peru now boasts indigenous-inspired menus along with a stylish Lima dining scene.
 
1. Matsuei
Local legend Toshiro Konishi arrived in Lima from Tokyo with his friend Nobu Matsuhisa in the 1970s to open Matsuei, the capital’s oldest Japanese sushi bar.
 
2. Central
Virgilio Martínez’s elegantly reinvented Peruvian cuisine has made tables at his Lima dining room the capital’s most coveted.
 
3. Ámaz
Known for inventive dishes and unusual regional ingredients, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s recently opened second address specializes in the Amazonian cuisine he’s lovingly pioneered.
 
4. La Mar
The Nuevo Andean empire of Gastón Acurio, Peru’s original star chef, now spans Madrid to Miami. His Astrid y Gastón is a perennial star in Lima; La Mar is his more casual, ceviche-centered eatery.
 
5. Maido
A Lima native who honed his skills in Osaka, chef Mitsuharu Tsumura has made his minimalistic Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant the capital’s current Nikkei hot spot.
 
6. Maras
The menu ranges from rain forest-influenced cuisine to mod spins on traditional cookery in this swish dining room of chef Rafael Piqueras, who honed his skills at the Cordon Bleu in Lima and Spain’s famed elBulli.

Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, October 2014.


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