Now, Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants has named Maido, Peru’s top “Nikkei” restaurant, the best in the region.
Ever since the first Japanese migrants stepped off the boat in Peru at the very end of the 19th Century, they have had an outsize influence on Peru’s celebrated cuisine.
That influence covers everything from the elegant plating that is typical in Peru to the delicate slicing of fish used in tiradito, a fish carpaccio highly popular here, are prepared. Sino-Peruvian fusion even has a name, “Nikkei” and, now, unmistakably a chef leading the movement, Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, whose Lima local Maido has just been ranked number one in the 2017 edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by San Pellegrino.
His menu blends traditional classics from the land of the rising sun with Nikkei creations, including a fish and octopus “hotdog”, dim sum made from squid and sea snails and his signature 50-hour crosscut ribs (asado de tira). There is also sushi à la carte from the counter for those wanting a swifter dining experience, as well as spectacular tasting menus complete with wine pairing. The décor is warm and smart, with the centerpiece a Japanese flag made from a sequence of hanging ropes, making Maido perfect for business diners and foodie tourists.
Maido’s triumph is something of a surprise, but not because it is not already known as a world class restaurant; it had placed second in the previous ranking of Latin America’s best restaurants and eight in San Pellegrino’s global edition. Rather, it is because it has displaced Central, another acclaimed Lima locale – and ranked fifth best in the world – from the top spot in the region. That still gives Lima a lock on the top two spots, and overall the Peruvian capital now accounts for 10 of Latin America’s 50 best restaurants, according to San Pellegrino. For foodies thinking of visiting Latin America, then Lima really is a must destination.
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