No.7

Astrid y Gastón

Lima, Peru

On the pass:

Gastón Acurio (pictured) with César Bellido

Pastry chef:

Astrid Gutsche

Style of food:

Modern Peruvian

Standout dish:

Memories of my land

Contact:

Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima 27

+51 1 442 2775
http://www.astridygaston.com/

Peruvian legend Gastón Acurio returns to flagship restaurant

Reason to visit: Astrid y Gastón has been leading Peru's gastronomic surge since its opening 20 years ago, with talented head chef Diego Muñoz at the helm for several years. Now gastronomes have a new reason to visit the restaurant located in the palatial Casa Moreyra: its founding father, Gastón Acurio, returned to the kitchen in 2015 after several years flying the flag for his country's cuisine around the world. His extensive tasting menu offers an exploration of the region’s ingredients, traditions and culinary techniques.

A brief history: Founded by Acurio and his German-born wife Astrid Gutsche (winner of last year’s Best Pastry Chef Award), the restaurant relocated to its current home in 2014. 

The tasting menu: After a series of menus based on themed narratives, the latest manifestation, called Región Lima, is designed as a more permanent, though evolving, structure. Every ingredient featured in the 30 or so courses comes from the wider Lima area (and many grown in the restaurant’s garden).

What’s the space like? Elegant high-ceilinged grandeur with minimalist décor. The restaurant is set within a brilliant-white 17th century former plantation house, which also houses a bar, private rooms, development kitchen, patio and kitchen garden.

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