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[caption id="attachment_158546" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Photo: Wikimedia[/caption] 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.
[caption id="attachment_158547" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Photo: Flickr[/caption] 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 KisicMonica 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)."