Lima, Peru


On the pass:

Rafael Osterling (pictured) with Rodrigo Alzamora

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Modern Peruvian-Italian with Nikkei influences

Standout dish:

Beef gizzards, sweet peas and truffle butter


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. 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 book El Mercado: Homenaje a La Cocina Peruana won the Prestige Gourmand Award.

Images: Rodrigo Alzamora

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