Mitsuharu Tsumura (pictured) with Cesar Choy and Marco Quispe
Bacalao a la brasa
San Martín 399, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
+51 1 446 2512
Chief reason to visit: Maido’s take on Nikkei cuisine – a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian – is widely regarded as the best in Lima, which is no small feat considering the Peruvian capital has earned its name as South America’s No.1 foodie hotspot.
A few words on the chef: After studying the culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University on Rhode Island, chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, known as Micha, went to Osaka to learn specialist Japanese cooking techniques. He opened Maido in 2009 and has since become a celebrity in Peru with appearances as a judge on MasterChef.
What to order: The tasting menu, called the Nikkei Experience, comprises 16 courses covering everything from ceviche to traditional chicken stew.
Typical dishes: Poor man’s nigiri; pejesapo fish sandwich; ceviche made with lemon ice cream; guinea pig with yucca cream.
The travelling chefs: Micha is one quarter of the Pandilla Leche de Tigre – or the ‘tiger’s milk gang’, named after the popular citrus marinade used in ceviche. He and fellow gang members including Virgílio Martínez and Gastón Acurio have travelled the world raising the profile of Peru’s diverse gastronomy.
Global fame: Maido was the Highest Climber in The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016, entering the list at No.44 in 2015 and rising to No.13.
Images: José Caceres