Lima has quickly become one of the world’s most acclaimed dining destinations. Laced with an eclectic mix of street stalls, cafes and fine dining haunts – foodies the world over are flocking to sample the city’s famed delights. Here are a few of our favourite places to taste the local cuisine.
1. Chez Wong, Lima
Chef Javier Wong specialises in just one thing – ceviche. The restaurant is actually in his home and there’s no menu. You’re meal will always start with sole ceviche and you’ll be just as likely to finmd yousit next to one of Peru’s most important politicians as you will a local construction worker.
2. El Rincon Que No Conoces
El Rincon Que No Conoces is a lunchtime haunt with a cult following. It’s known as the mother of Peruvian food and is especially famed for its African and Spanish-influenced Criolle cuisine. Expect an abundance of delicious beans and tripe, and don’t leave without trying the legendary carapulcra (a dish of potato, peanut and pork) and picarones (pumpkin doughnuts). Book ahead.
3. La Lucha
Peruvian sandwiches are something to behold and La Lucha, wedged in the heart of Miraflores, serves some of the best in town. The pork with salsa criolla is a good place to start. Wash it down with one of La Lucha’s fresh juices.
4. Amaz, Lima
Run by pioneering Peruvian chef, Pedro Schiaffino (formerly of widely acclaimed Malabar), Amaz is a restaurant devoted entirely to Amazonian food. Considered rather groundbreaking, Amaz serves a selection of produce driven dishes from chonta, a pasta-like dish made from palm, to prawn ceviche served in hollowed out bamboo.
5. La Tia Grimanesa, Lima
Originally a humble street cart, Grimanesa Vargas’s anticuchos (beef-heart skewers) quickly became renowned as the best in Lima. Demand was so great that she started taking bookings on her mobile phone while queues formed around the block. Boasting the perfect balance of smokey chilli, red wine vinegar and garlic, Grimanesa’s skewers are still famed across the city and she has become something of a cult hero in Lima.
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