The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, produced by British magazine Restaurant, recently announced its top 50 for 2016, and has over the years become the most powerful, most anticipated ranking of its kind. But one of the lesser know facts about this years awards is that the Peruvian cuisine was somewhat of a highlight this years. Why you ask? Well, this year 3 of its restaurants featured in the top 50 namely Central, Maido and Astrid & Gaston.
Peruvian cuisine is creating international buzz across the globe. The foodies bent on the famous restaurants in Peru are driving them to explore the country. Slowly Peru is becoming the gastronomic capital of the world.
The distinct qualities of these restaurants have helped them to secure their position on the global map.
Central Restaurant located in Lima holds 4th position in the list of 50 Best Restaurants of the World. The restaurant is owned by a Peruvian Chef Virgilio Martinez, who also has a restaurant in London called Lima London, which holds a Michelin Star.
The main essence of the restaurant lies in the ingredients as they are handpicked by the team of Martínez. This takes one on a culinary expedition right from Amazon till the Pacific Coast. It is rightly known as the “gastronomic expedition of altitude and ecosystem of Peru”. This is the reason why Central has been able to maintain the top position for two consecutive years.
The signature dish of Central is Tallos Extremos that has been inspired by wild oca and Andean yams during Martínez’s trip to Aija in the Andes.
Ms. Magali Silva, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism expressed her happiness by stating “Central highlights the diversity of Peruvian ecosystems with its proposal called Mater Initiative with which Martinez travels the country in search of ingredients below sea level and up to 4,100 meters of altitude, on the Andes”.
Maido: From position 44, the restaurant has jumped to 13 this year at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants all efforts credited to Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura. The restaurant is a perfect blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
The Nikkei menu has a unique Peruvian vision and distinct Japanese flavours. The unique cooking styles and rare ingredients used at Maido have helped it to be the one of the best foodie hotspot in Latin America.
A combination of impeccable Japanese detail with the flora and fauna of Peru is celebrated at Maido. The sushi at Maido includes flavors usually associated with ceviche – such as lime and aji peppers – to create dishes that combine spicy, savory and sweet. The best culinary experience is the 17-course tasting menu which is served at the restaurant.
On obtaining such a high jump, Magali Silva, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism expressed that, “Maido on the other hand emphasizes the convergence between Peru and Japan, with more than 100 years of history, to which the nikkei chef Mitsuharu Sumura adds a protagonical rol to Amazonian ingredients”.
Astrid & Gastón is owned by Peru’s celebrity Chef Gastón Acurio, creator of a burgeoning empire of fine-dining restaurants not only in Lima, but also other cities in both North and South America. The best restaurant in Latin America promises you nothing less than a grand treat expressed perfectly through the 16 courses embellished by aesthetic décor, soothing music, fashion and traditional tableware.
Treat your palate with Tiradito and Cebiche from the Andes at the Restaurant. Specialties include spicy roasted ribs or the excellent noble robado fish served in miso sauce with crunchy oysters.
Magali Silva, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism has rightly said,” The election of our restaurants among the best in the world confirms the good moment that Peruvian cuisine is going through. We agree with the organizers, who mentioned it is a pride for South America to have five restaurants”.
Peruvian Cuisine is a culmination of Peru’s rich history, tradition and culture, founded on the country’s geography, a Pre-Hispanic culture that knew how to manage crops that the ‘Pachamama’ (Quechua for Mother Earth) provided and the continuous contribution of groups of immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia fully integrated to the Peruvian society.
Besides the election of its restaurants, the country itself has won in four opportunities (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) the title of World’s Leading Culinary Destination in the World Travel Awards (WTA), which serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry