Despite the star studded inauguration on February 16-17, Lima restaurant Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra’s official opening date is March 18th. One week before the doors open I met with executive chef Diego Muñoz, to see how things were progressing.
The latest chef to pop up as part of the Cocina sin Fronteras, Virgillo Martinez from Lima’s Central, sequence had naturally packed some ingredients typical of his native Peru with him. Tumbo fruit and chonta palm shoots as well as some silvery arcilla chaco clay made the cut, before he flew to Buenos Aires to cook a one-off dinner.
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.
The sixth edition of Latin America’s largest culinary festival, Mistura,will be held in Lima, Peru September 6-15. There’s a new beachfront location on the Costa Verde, a stellar lineup of invited chefs, and Gastón Acurio back on the planning team.
The bohemian neighborhood of Barranco – a historical, protected area of the city, full of art galleries and private residences, is on the map for the first time because of a slew of high profile art related openings. Here’s where to eat and drink.
La Nacional, an upscale deli that recently opened in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima, Peru.
From Liguria to Callao, 100 years of flavor. El Viaje, or The Journey, is the title of the latest tasting menu at Lima restaurant Astrid & Gastón. Last year, the menu, La Naturaleza, was groundbreaking. The 17-courses were pleasantly poetic, moving seamlessly through the evolution of Peru’s culinary history, from… Read More →
In the coming months Hotel B, formerly known as Hotel Barranco, will open beside Galeria Lucia de la Puente.
Built by the same owners as Titilaka, the 17 suite Hotel B pulled in some of the biggest names in Peruvian hospitality.
A quinta in Cuzco is like a huarique in Lima. It is a simple, traditional restaurant that provides regional dishes at local prices. As much as Cuzco has grown and become a global city and home to dozens of massive hotels, the old Cuzco has become more and more obscure. Still if you take a few steps off the beaten tourist paths there are still a few of genuine lunch only quintas to be found.
Cajamarca, a city in Peru’s Northern Andes, is a culinary hotspot. The city’s beauty lies in its products and traditions. The region is home to Peru’s dairy industry, which makes Cajamarca a leading producer of cheeses and manjar blanco (Peru’s own version of dulce de leche).