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Good Eating in Lima: Recommendations by Three Top Chefs and Food Writers

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If you are looking for great restaurant recommendations, what better person to ask than the chefs and food writers of the world. Here are three of Lima’s top chefs and writers offering unique perspectives on Lima’s culinary scene.

Francesco de Sanctis

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For the chef of Sibaris, a small Barranco restaurant (Jr. 28 de Julio 206-B) who prepares delicious home-made food, Lima’s gastronomy is one of the most democratic styles in the world. You can eat very well for not much money and discover an infinity of flavors in each dish. Among his favorites that he goes back to over and over is El Cevichano, in Market Nº 1 in Surquillo.

Here, he tells us, you can get a fresh cebiche made from the fish of the day, at a good price and with first-class service. The benefit is that Mariella, the owner’s sister, sells fresh shellfish in the same market, so everything is made from the freshest ingredients. Another on his list is la Negra in Chorrillos, who makes fantastic anticuchos. Between blocks 1 and 3 of Av. Huaylas, in the parking lot of Huaylas market. “She starts every afternoon at six, selling anticuchos and picarones. Fantastic”, exclaims Francesco.

Monica Kisic

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Lima is the Peruvian city where the cultures of the Andes and the jungle, the north, and the south come together. Lima’s gastronomy is the result of all this history of urban growth, of ancestral tradition, of new and future cultures and of fusion.” -Monica Kisic

Monica Kisic’s own tastes are well defined and as far as food is concerned, they are wide-ranging. She goes to eat mangrove scallops when they are in season at the famous Emilio y Gladys (Daniel Velez 187) in Chorrillos; clams at El Rincon de Bigote in Miraflores (Jose Galvez 529) and salchipapas with chicha at any Tip Top outlet. “Ever since I was little I’ve been going with my mum; their auto service is great,” she says. But she also has other favorites: Doña Paulina (Pan American Highway South Km. 87) for the classic roast pork sandwich and tamal with a beer after a party; Antigua Taberna Queirolo for a ham sandwich (San Martin 1090, Pueblo Libre); Toshi Matsufuji’s Toke Pez in Surquillo (Av. Angamos 886) for the cebiche; La Lucha for sandwiches in general (various outlets) and Mi Amigo, a Chinese restaurant in San Isidro, in the filling station on the corner of Salaverry and Av. Del Ejercito. “If I fancy a glass of wine with something to eat I go to La Gastronoma (Libertad 439, Miraflores): their potato omelet and quiche are delicious. And if I just want a drink and finger food, I go to Barra 55 (Jr. 28 de Julio 206 D, Barranco).”

Jimena Agois

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Jimena Agois a photographer and restaurant critic. Her most recent work includes her photos for the latest book by Gaston Acurio and Javier Masias, “Bitute, El Sabor de Lima”, and those for the next work by Virgilio Martinez for publishers Phaidon. She has learned that “eating in Lima means enjoying a wide variety of flavors and styles. It means knowing more about the country with each mouthful and, above all, always finding surprises”. Although Jimena spends her days visiting restaurants, taking photos and trying everything, there are places to which she always goes back, such as Mayta (Av. 28 de Julio 1290, Miraflores), for the Thai pasta and all of its cebiches and tiraditos; Rafael (San Martin 300, Miraflores), for its curries and shrimp dishes such as chupe (chowder); and El Mercado (Hipolito Unanue 203, Miraflores), where she says she likes everything and any choice is a good one. “Another two I go to are Carnal (Elias Aguirre 698, Miraflores), for the hamburgers, and Los Bachiche (Av. La Paz 1025, Miraflores) for the octopus carpaccio, pizzas, pesto and testa, a dish that is difficult to find in Lima, but chef Cinzia Repetto prepares very well indeed”.

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Diego Oliver is a Peruvian writer and author whose work can be found in the travel magazine Ultimate Journeys. He loves to focus on Peruvian culture both modern and classic, traveling the country, as well as social responsibility.