Tourism in Lima is to receive an extra boost for the fourth year in a row thanks to the fantastic quality of its food. The prestigious World Travel Awards voted Peru, again, as the Best Culinary Destination in the World. Peru has been awarded this top spot for four consecutive years, beating well established foodie destinations such as Italy, France, China, Thailand and the United States. The recognition consolidates Peru as the hottest foodie destination. Three of the top restaurants in the world are based in Lima, including Central, which this year was voted as the best restaurant in the Americas and number four in the world.
The emergence of Peru as a major destination for food lovers who are curious to find out what all the fuss is about means that Lima is no longer a layover destination, but an attractive destination of its own merit. The number of visitors to Lima has steadily increased over the last few years and nobody can deny that food is playing a major role.
We've done our homework for you and scoured the world's best restaurant lists to bring you the top restaurants that are based in Peru.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants - San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
#4 - Central
Head Chef: Virgilio Martínez & Pía León
Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 242 8515
#14 - Astrid y Gastón
Head Chef: Diego Muñoz
Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima 27
+511 442 2775
#44 - Maido
Head Chef: Mitsuharu Tsumura
399 San Martin Street, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 444 2568
Now let's get region-specific and look at the best restaurants in Latin America for 2015.
#1 - Central
#3 - Astrid y Gastón
#5 - Maido
#12 - La Mar
Head Chef: Andrés Rodríguez
Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 421 3365
#20 - Malabar
Head Chef: Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
Camino Real 101, San Isidro, Lima
+51 1 440 5200
#31 - Fiesta
Head Chef: Virgina Najarro Gamboa
Av. Reducto 1278 Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 242 9009
#34 - Osso Carnicería y Salumería
Head Chef: Renzo Garibaldi
Calle Tahiti 175 La Molina, Lima, Peru
+51 1 352 9915
#36 - La Picantería
Head Chef: Héctor Solís
Francisco Moreno 388, Surquillo, Lima
+51 1 241 6676
#50 - Rafael
Head Chef: Ricardo Martins
Calle San Martín 300, Miraflores, Lima
+51 1 242 4149
With nine delicious options, you should be set to have a delectable experience in Lima, Peru.
Restaurants in Lima, Peru are now in the thousands, many offering any number of traditional Peruvian dishes. Even as a first time visitor, you may be familiar with many dishes, such as cebiche, lomo saltado or anticuchos. With this list, we propose that you step off the beaten path and away from classic picks, instead treating your taste buds to dynamic combinations of local flavors. If you are looking to make the most of your time, you can check out our Lima food tours and we'll guide you in the right direction.
1. Pollo Canga
2. Cebiche Nikkei
3. Milanesa a tu gusto
4. Rocoto Relleno de Mariscos
5. BLT Charapita
No one can deny that among the top things to do in Lima, if not the top, is to eat! Lima, after all, is home to three of the top 50 restaurants in the world. Can you enjoy top quality food in Lima without breaking the bank? Here at The Lima Gourmet Company we give you a few options, some traditional and some gourmet, for under 10 dollars.
An excellent restaurant in Miraflores, Lima: ambiance, chill music, cocktails and spectacular food - Matria has it all. This hidden gem in Miraflores serves dishes elaborated with local products that are combined to highlight an array of delicate flavors. The name, Matria, comes from Madre Tierra, or Mother Earth, which reflects the vision of chef Arlette Eulert to nurture the connection between the gourmet dishes served and the origin of the ingredients.
The design is cozy and incredibly inviting and the service was impeccable. Many items on the menu boast a unique fusion of local, Peruvian ingredients with Indian spices. One of the best plates we ordered were the scallops dressed with yellow curry and crunchy quinoa (pictured top left). The flavors and textures complemented each other perfectly. Another favorite were the seared salmon slices with avocado and jalapeño (pictured bottom left).
Matria was a wonderful surpise, and the consensus among the group was that the variety of dishes and combinations were so expertly executed that it's worth ordering many dishes to share - and don't forget the dessert, as you surely won't be disappointed.
If you're looking for an experience that will take you to several of the best restaurants in Lima in just one day, check out our Lima Day Tour or our Lima Night Tour.
There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Lima to choose from and IK is certainly a unique option. Open for less than a year, the creative fusion of flavors, innovative design and commitment to sustainability keep the place packed.
We tried several dishes while we were there to get a real feel for the place and we were not disappointed. From the Amazonian cebiche, delicate grouper and the juicy angus beef to the purple corn and quinoa beer, we were well impressed. The artfully crafted desserts (pictured above) were especially fascinating. The tangy, lemon cream filled chocolate (left) introduced our palates to a new combination of flavors, while the chocolate and lucuma imitation seeds buried in cacao "soil" (right) really drove home the concept a restaurant committed to nature and the fruit it brings us.
The story of this restaurant is even more interesting. This project was the idea of beloved Peruvian chef, Ivan Kisic, who unfortunately passed away in a car accident before the restaurant opened. At the time he was involved in other restaurants, such as Cala and La 73, however, IK was his brainchild. His family and culinary team decided to go ahead with the plans and open the restaurant to make Kisic's dream a reality and allow his legacy to live on.
Bon appétit and cheers to Kisic's wonderful concept.
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