The Peruvian capital of Lima has been the epicenter of an increasingly acclaimed culinary renaissance. The source of her gastronomic excellence is the melting pot of flavours from every corner of the globe: Spain, Italy, France, China and Japan. In addition to the influences of Afro-Peruvian community and the indigenous cultures. Several of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants (2017) can be found in Peru.
Amaz is one such restaurant that I enjoyed a lot. It is the first and only restaurant of its kind presenting Amazonian cuisine with urban vibes.
Another Top 50 restaurant which has been on the forefront of Peru’s gastronomic scene is Astrid y Gaston founded by Chef Gastón Acurio and his German-born wife Astrid Gutsche. It is also located in an elegant former plantation house with minimalist decor.
While at Museo Larco, the Cafe-Restaurant is a great spot to have lunch, set in the beautiful garden.
For ocean-side dining of delicious seafood dishes, I would recommend Cala. A modern setting with a view of the Pacific Ocean.
In Cusco, I was pleasantly surprised when my guide took me to Calle del Medio restaurant. The food was very good and has wonderful views of the city’s main square.
Cicciolina is popular in Cusco, serving a fusion of Italian – Peruvian dishes.
Another popular restaurant serving Peruvian-Japanese food is Limo. Wonderful Peruvian-Japanese flavours and dishes are served.
In Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, my guide took me for lunch at Hacienda Huayoccari. Situated in a former Hacienda house, the setting is beautiful, however, the food was average.
Before starting my visit to Machu Pichu, right outside its gate is the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. It was a good idea to grab lunch at its Tikuy Restaurant (serving buffet lunch) before or after visiting the park.
Peru Rail offers the hour and half train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (or now called Machu Pichu Pueblo). The Vistadome train was a comfortable option (as opposed to doing a 2 or 4 day Inca trail hike) which provided for a scenic ride, with refreshments served on board. From Agua Calientes, one takes a 20-minute bus ride to the gate of Machu Pichu.
I have to give all the credit to my travel agent for recommending top-notch hotel accommodations, all members of Relais & Châteaux. In Lima, I stayed at the Hotel B located in a Belle Epoque mansion in the Barranco district. Opened in 2013, with only 13 suites, the hotel has an extensive modern art collection and the food served by Chef Oscar Velarde was outstanding.
In Sacred Valley, I stayed for two nights at a casita at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, It was a very relaxing environment with inspiring views all around.