The future home of Latin America's # 1 restaurant: Astrid Y Gastón Casa Moreyra in Lima, Peru.
Astrid y Gastón came in at #1 and D.O.M. at #2 at the initial edition of the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant List, even though D.O.M. ranked considerably higher on the World’s Best list a few months ago. Comparing those restaurants is difficult. Pujol was at #3 and Central at #4. In my opinion any of those four restaurants could be #1 on any given day. With the top ten there was little argument – some might say one restaurant should up or down a spot or two – but the rest of the list was where there were some oddities.
Like a smaller but still growing Panamanian version of Mistura, Panama Gastronomica is full of local food vendors that come from around the country. Here are a few food and drink items I particularly liked.
Cartagena, Colombia, which already has a decent selection of restaurants, has seen a surge of interesting new eateries opening up around the old city and in neighboring Getsemaní. There’s a level of culinary diversity spreading around the city, partly by local restaurateurs opening up new spaces and chefs from Bogota and Medellin expanding into the city for the first time. Here’s what is worth checking out.