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Anniversaries and Advances, Lima Claims the Best

Nigiri a lo Pobre (Photo: Maido)

Lima, a city which yesterday celebrated 479 years of existence, is becoming ever more known as a place where you can dine in the world’s best restaurants. The metropolis is burgeoning, claims a strong economy, and its gastronomic fame seems to know no limits.

Two days before the metropolis broke into celebration in honor of its founding by the Spanish as the City of Kings in the valley of the River Rimac–the Speaker, from which the city takes its contemporary name (Rimac was pronounced Limac, a major Spanish newspaper released its list of the world`s best restaurants.

And several restaurants from Lima figured among the best.

The prestigious Cuaderno Matoses blog of the important El Mundo Newspaper named Lima’s Astrid & Gastón as the 9th best restaurant in the world. Its owner, Gastón Acurio, continues his ascent of the world’s gastronomic mountain.

This month the famed restaurant, which figures on many lists of the world’s finest restaurants, reached its twentieth anniversary. It will close its doors at the end of the month at its current address on Cantuarias in Miraflores, only to open in nearby San Isidro at the famous Casa Moreyra.

Maido restaurant claimed number 20 in the world. This Japanese Peruvian (Nikkei) restaurant, located on 399 Calle Colon in Miraflores claims ever greater fame, as does Japanese Peruvian cuisine more generally. Its owner and Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, trained in the United States, notes that in the fusion of classic Japanese and Peruvian, Nikkei cuisine creates a third way.

Central Restaurant (Santa Isabel 376, MIraflores) refuses to be left behind. It occupies 29th place. Its chef Virgilio Martinez brings Andean verticality, the importance of diverse ecological niches arranged up a mountain’s slope, to his version of haute cusine and is justifiably claiming fame.

All of this brings us back to the founding of Lima.  It began its Life as a Spanish city after thousands of years of civilization which included the erection of many pyramids, as if they were sacred mountains.  One of them, the temple of the oracle of Rimac, now is part of the Church of Santa Ana. With the recognition of its culinary talent, we can see that Lima’s chefs continue to honor their city whose name could be translated as the oracle.  They provide vision and voice to a new gastronomic world.

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