Mitsuharu 'Micha' Tsumura
All about Nikkei: When Peru meets Japan on the plate, Nikkei is born – and chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura is a world leader in this style of cuisine. This translates to a welcoming spot where fresh fish and citrus-packed sauces reign supreme. No wonder it was voted The Best Restaurant in Latin America for three years in a row, from 2017 to 2019, and in 2020 retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Peru.
On the menu: Chef Tsumura’s Nikkei Experience menu is a journey through Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine, with a natural emphasis on seafood. There are succulent tiraditos of tuna and shellfish with tiger milk, avocado and ponzu; nigiri sushi, sea urchin rice, 50-hour-cooked Amazonian beef short rib and even smoked macambo seed ice cream. Everything sings with flavour and the natural bright colours that come from Peru’s produce. There’s also a separate sushi counter and menu for everyday or business diners.
About the chef: Born in Lima, Tsumura was encouraged by his father to turn his passion for cooking into a profession and, after studying culinary arts in the US, he went to Japan to learn about his cultural heritage and specialise in the country's cuisine. At Osaka's Seto Sushi he learned about the ancient Japanese tradition of sushi, while working at Imo to Daikon allowed him to improve his Izakaya skills, a multi-course and dynamic style of cooking. He took a job at the Sheraton on returning to Lima and, in 2009, opened Maido.
Other ventures: Tsumura is involved in many ventures, including the new delivery concept Micha en Casa – bringing a taste of Nikkei cuisine into Lima's homes, as well as informative cooking videos with the chef on their social media channels – and Karai restaurant in Santiago. In 2018 he opened Ají restaurant in Macao, serving many of the Maido classics alongside flavoursome fish tiraditos and nigiri.