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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