Rafael Osterling (pictured) with Rodrigo Alzamora
Modern Peruvian-Italian with Nikkei influences
Grilled scallops with bubbling lemon butter
Calle San Martín 300, Miraflores, Lima 18
+51 1 242 4149
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. He has recently opened Félix Brasserie in Lima, where he also owns a ceviche restaurant, El Mercado, which 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. In 2016, his latest book El Mercado: Homenaje a La Cocina Peruana won the Prestige Gourmand Award.
Images: Sandra Elías