The combined flavours of Peru and Venezuela pack a delicious punch


On the Pass

Juan Luis Martínez

The cuisines of Venezuela and Peru are united by chef Juan Luis Martínez at Mérito. Try the yuca root quesadilla filled with goat cheese; the loche squash with the catch of the day; the scallops tiradito with tumbo tiger milk; or the glazed pork belly. Neither will diners be disappointed by the perfect corn arepas or the Peruvian chocolate rock, a dessert already gaining notoriety. If it's the right season, the grilled custard apple will be the meal’s happy ending.

The chef, who hails originally from Caracas and studied at La Casserole du Chef, set up shop in 2018. The two-floor restaurant is set in the heart of the trendy Barranco neighbourhood and is a favourite of foodies across the city.