Latin America’s Japanese diaspora gave rise to Nikkei cuisine (the word refers to Japanese immigrants and their descendants). The best place in Lima – if not all of Peru and South America – to experience the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavors is at chef Mitsuharu “Micha” Tsumura’s restaurant, Maido
(Calle San Martin 399). Make reservations well in advance to indulge in an exquisite multicourse tasting menu, order à la carte, or sit at the sushi counter to watch chefs assemble dishes with artful precision.
Opened in July 2017, superstar Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio’s newest restaurant, El Bodegón
(Avenida Tarapacá 197), offers rustic, eat-straight-from-the-skillet dishes in a traditional taberna-style interior. The constantly evolving menu features some 50 dishes inspired by Acurio’s family recipes, which often include Peruvian staples such as beans, rice, and yucca. A recent highlight: a rocoto relleno
(Peruvian stuffed peppers) stew.
A five-minute drive west, Acurio’s other Miraflores restaurant, La Mar
(Avenida La Mar 770), showcases the dishes that have made him the ultimate authority on ceviche. The menu at this casual, bamboo-bedecked cebichería
includes several takes on the country’s national dish, but for true Peruvian flavor, order one made with pisco or leche de tigre
(a spicy citrus marinade).