In November 2016 John and I had the opportunity to explore Lima, Peru for a couple of days.
Lima is among the world’s top gastronomic destinations, so of course we had a difficult time choosing only a few restaurants.
Of the places we ate, here are two of my favorites:
1. El Mercado
Located: Hipólito Unanue 203 (1 block from Av. La Mar), Miraflores
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Phone: +511 221-1322
El Mercado (The Market), is a casual semi open-air ceviche restaurant located in Miraflores.
Chef Rafael Osterling and his team have created a creative menu that will knock your socks off.
The concept bounces around from ceviche staples to plates inspired by the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.
El Mercado is only open for lunch and you will want to book ahead as the place fills up fast.
This restaurant has it all: a modern yet comforting setting, a well-rounded menu, fresh ingredients, attentive service, and precise execution.
2. Tzuru Restaurante Nikkei
Located: Calle 21, #707 Urb. Corpac, San Isidro
Hours: Monday-Saturday: Lunch: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Evening: 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Closed Sunday
Phone: (01) 225-2195
Tzuru Restaurante Nikkei is a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant located in San Isidro.
I once heard Nikkei cuisine described as “the beautiful love child of Peru and Japan.
The menu is comprised of many small plate dishes that are meant to be shared.
When we go to a “small plates” restaurant, I like to ask the servers for guidance on how many plates our table should order.
The servers at Tzuru were extremely helpful and patient as they walked us through the menu.
Yakiniku Tzuru was the highlight of the evening:
Yakiniku means “grilled meat”.
No matter what you decide to order at Tzuru, I know you won’t be disappointed.
Just be sure to order dessert!
Lima’s food scene has exploded over the last several years and I was excited to finally try a couple of the hot spots.
When your travels take you to Lima, please treat yourself to a meal at El Mercado and Tzuru Restaurante Nikkei.