Lima, Peru

This cement-floored, dimly lit restaurant feels like the natural next step for Peruvian chef Arlette Eulert Checa, whose passion for food was kindled by her grandmothers, one of whom was Italian and the other Bolivian. The name Matria refers to Madre Terra or Mother Earth and this respect for Peruvian ingredients – quinoa, cacao, yucca – and the people who produce them is the backbone of her cooking. Menus are clever, creative and above all tasty: crunchy croquettes that reveal slow-cooked oxtail, moist white chocolate and pomegranate cake, pancetta seared on the barbecue and served in a spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers clean. There’s a reason she was named best female chef in Peru in 2018. Gather your friends for a cocktail on the terrace before heading inside and ordering as many plates as will fit on the table.

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General Manuel Mendiburu 823, Miraflores, Lima,