Lima, Peru

On the pass:

Rafael Osterling (pictured) with Ricardo Martins

Pastry chef:

Milagros León

Style of food:

Modern Peruvian-Italian with Nikkei influences

Standout dish:

Slow-cooked duck with sticky rice and dark ale


Calle San Martín 300, Miraflores, Lima

+51 1 242 4149

Influential chef explores the diverse culinary heritage of Peru

Chief reason to visit: Rafael Osterling's eponymous restaurant, housed in a beautiful Art Deco townhouse in the chic Miraflores area, celebrates Peru's eclectic food culture.

What to eat: The menu draws on Peru's diverse culinary heritage, fusing traditional native ingredients with Italian, Asian and Nikkei influences. Think everything from ceviche and tiraditos to pizza and sashimi. Stand-outs include grilled octopus with pimento chimichurri, Kalamata olives and garlic confit.

About the chef: Osterling used to be a lawyer and was considering a diplomatic career before he decided to follow his true calling, studying at Le Cordon Bleu and working in restaurants in Paris and London. He opened Rafael in 2000.

Other ventures: Osterling operates another Rafael in Bogotá, Colombia, where he also has a bar and brasserie called La Dispensa. His Lima ceviche restaurant, El Mercado, has been lauded for its modern take on Peruvian cuisine.

What else? Osterling was the first Peruvian to receive a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for his book Rafael, El Chef.

Images: Pierre Monetta

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