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Lima, Latin America’s Culinary Mecca

October 10, 2016

The Peruvian capital dominates San Pellegrino 2016 ranking of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Nine of the listed restaurants – including the first and second – are in Lima, most near to Atemporal.


Peru’s burgeoning reputation as home to Latin America’s finest culinary tradition just became “official”, with the publication of San Pellegrino’s annual ranking of the region’s 50 best restaurants. Nine of the locales listed, including the first and second ranked eateries, are in Lima. That’s more than in any other city in the region. As if that wasn’t good enough, eight of the nine limeño restaurants, are all a short hop from Atemporal, in either Miraflores or neighboring districts.


The top ranked restaurant this year is, once again, Central, from young chef Virgilio Martinez. He and wife Pia provide an avant-garde touch to traditional Peruvian ingredients from the country’s numerous ecosystems and altitudes, from below sea level – in the Pacific, of course – to Andean herbs and tubers, some from nearly 14,000ft up in the mountains, and then back down again into the Amazon rainforest. Highlights include a hot langoustine and corvina ceviche and suckling pig with black onion and sweet garlic. Number two on the list was Maido, where Mitsuharu Tsumura offers an original, sometimes molecular twist on Nikkei, or Peruvian-Japanese fusion.


The next highest ranked Lima restaurants are Astrid y Gastón, at number seven, and the cevichería La Mar, at number 12, both from Gastón Acurio, the chef who launched Peru’s culinary renaissance back in the 1990s, when he opened his eponymous first eatery with German-born chocolatier wife Astrid Gutsche. The next four Peruvian restaurants in the list are Osso Carnicería y Salumería, which specializes in aged beef, at number 27 (and is also the only restaurant requiring a crosstown journey from Atemporal); Rafael at number 30; Fiesta at 34; and Malabar at 38.


The final Peruvian restaurant in the rankings is Isolina, a new entry, at number 41. Opened just two years ago in the bohemian district of Barranco, Isolina specializes in traditional Peruvian criollo cooking, often featuring seafood or offal, earning it rave international reviews. House specialties include chicharón de pulpo (a take on the traditional pork dish, that might, unflatteringly, be translated as octopus scratchings) and brain tortilla.



To visit any of these restaurants as part of your stay with Atemporal, contact, contact or on +51 1 700 5106 or, if you are in the US, 347 713 7030/34.

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