Lima’s kitchen is trending, hip, happening, but particularly very tasty. I just found out that there are even food flights leaving from my home country (The Netherlands) just to try the food here in Peru. After my two weeks in this city I have to share with some of the most amazing, and maybe even one of the best restaurants in South America and beyond. Variation in the cuisine, something I do miss in the country we are living now: Uruguay. If you are going to Lima soon here is a selection of 5 restaurants I tried and really want to share with you:
Cebicheria La Mar Cebiche, typical Peruvian, you have to try when you are in Lima. And the best place to have this is in Cebicheria de La Mar. Many of the locals have recommended this to me, and they are right. I have been to this place on a Sunday afternoon. Cebiche is often served as lunch-dish or as a starter for the evening. You can for example share a Cebiche with each other. There is only one disadvantage of this place, and that is that you cannot make a reservation. Recommended is to arrive early, around 11:30, or go for a late lunch.
Astrid y Gaston – Casa Moreyra
This restaurant is located in the neighborhood San Isidro in a beautiful new building: Casa Moyreyra. It is a white little palace. Astrid and Gaston offer a monthly changing menu. This menu is being changed because of the chef’s inspiration to make the guests happy to come back, but it is being changed as well as they work with fresh products of the season. On the picture you see a starter with olives, different kinds of roasted bread and some fresh peanuts. It is possible to reserve here, and highly recommended as this is a very popular restaurant and often fully booked.
Just go and eat here. I am not used to write food posts and to describe all the details of the food (that’s why I use pictures as well). But this restaurant I would recommend everybody. Located in the neighborhood named Miraflores – one of the most touristic neighborhoods, besides San Isidro and Barranco. The style is best being described as modern Peruvian, but you can as well find some Japanese influences. And they offer good pasta. The food is not very complex, but simple though very tasteful.
The Lima 27 restaurant is located as well in San Isidro. It could be that there are several restaurants if this brand, but I was primarily in this part of Lima due to my work. Most of the international companies and hotel chains are in this neighborhood and therefore as well a large number of restaurants. I even ate twice in Lima 27 in the 2 weeks I spent my time in this city. Just remember to make a reservation here as it can be crowded. And leave some space for the nice desserts they are offering.
Surprisingly the name of the restaurants sounds more fiesta than its decorations. Nothing has been done about that excel the exit/salida sign in beautiful green and a small Jezus statue in one of the corner. The walls are just painted white. But do not let you scare you because the waiters were extremely enthusiastic. They wouldn’t give us the menu card because the waiter wanted to let us take the best dishes they had to offer us non-Peruvians. The main dish was fish from the north of Peru. The food-style of the whole restaurant is orienting and focusing primarily on the North of Peru. Every dish was explained very detailed and very profession. The dessert was a kind of fried donuts, that was just too much for us. The fiesta part of the restaurants was the bow of the waiters. Just pay attention.
And last but not least you my final tip is that you have to try at least once the traditional Peruvian drink in Lima: the Pisco Sour. Cheers.
Do you have more Lima restaurant tips? Leave a comment below and next time I will certainly try it. Or just leave your best Lima experiences. Much appreciated.
¡Hasta La Próxima!