Restaurants in Lima
Lima has been declared the 'Gastronomy Capital of the Americas' and it is an extremely rewarding destination for foodies. The city is full of restaurants catering to every taste and budget and there are many international cuisines on offer, although the local Peruvian fare is unsurpassed. Cerviche, the Peruvian national dish, is a delicious seafood dish typically made with fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices. Peruvian food tends to be spicy and filling, and is becoming increasingly popular outside of South America, as the world discovers staples like quinoa. The best areas in Lima to find good restaurants are the Old Town, Miraflores and Barranco. The cheapest options, for budget travellers, are usually the Chinese and Italian restaurants, although there are many little eateries selling Peruvian food for very reasonable prices. For those hankering for the taste of something familiar, there are lots of fast-food chains in Lima: chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, McDonalds and Starbucks can be found all over the city. When choosing restaurants, look out for the 'Restaurante Saludable' logo, which is awarded to eateries for cleanliness and good health standards. Also, be aware that restaurants in Lima, especially the more upmarket ones, sometimes add extra service charges of anything between 10 and 30 percent.
Jose Antonio is highly regarded for both its food and service. While the prices may be high compared to many restaurants in Lima, this is one of the best places in town to sample local traditional criollo dishes like lomo saltado, tiradito, and Lima's famous ceviche.
Address: Jr. Bernardo Monteagudo 200, Magdalena
Telephone: +(511) 445 4042
Astrid y Gaston
Near Lima's Parque Central, tucked away behind an old colonial house, is the elegant Astrid y Gastón restaurant. This venue boasts an open-plan kitchen and is decorated with a colourful selection of modern art, giving it a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere. With everything from oysters and sea urchins to roasted kid on the menu, this restaurant offers fine-dining at its best. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: Cantuarias 175, Miraflores
Telephone: +(511) 242 5387
Twist Gourmet Burger Bar
Twist Gourmet Burger Bar offers the best gourmet burgers in the city, with some creative options and a wide range of imported and local beers to enjoy along with the amazing variety of burgers. The restaurant is quirky and cool, with a fun atmosphere.
Address: Avenida Grau 384, Barranco
Telephone: +(511) 252 9228
La Locanda offers spectacular Mediterranean and Peruvian fusion cuisine. It is an elegant restaurant with superb service, located in the lobby of the stylish Swissotel. La Locanda is a great option for a business lunch or a romantic dinner.
Address: Via Central 150, Centro Empresarial Real
Telephone: +(511) 421 4400
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