50Best Accolades
  • The Best Restaurant in South America 2024

A gastronomic roundtrip from Japan to Peru enjoyed in the heart of Lima


On the Pass

Mitsuharu Tsumura

Pastry Chef

Dalila Sifuentes

Welcome! The elegant restaurant led by chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura takes its name from a Japanese phrase used to greet people: Maido. It’s the first thing diners will hear from Micha’s team when stepping into the space.

Japan meets Peru: Micha’s ancestors landed in Peru from Japan in 1889 and the chef was born in Lima. He then completed a culinary arts programme in the US and made the trip to Osaka to specialise in Japanese cuisine. In 2009, he opened Maido in Lima, where he combines Japanese techniques and Peruvian ingredients into Nikkei cuisine. Some 15 years later, the menu may have diversified, but the philosophy remains the same: serving the best local ingredients changing every season.

The Maido experience: The tasting menu features more than 10 courses and may include delicacies like The Triple, a combination of avocado, eggs, tomato and chashu (braised pork belly); caracoles al sillao (soy sauce), sea snails, with yellow chilli foam and Nikkei sauce; squid ramen with Amazonian chorizo, duck dumpling, nigiri and more. An à la carte menu is also available, filled with seasonal products and a catch of the day.

The perfect pair: The drinks pairing includes local beers, sakes and a wide range of colourful and striking cocktails. But don’t miss the wine list, created by Florencia Rey, winner of the Beronia Latin America’s Best Sommelier 2023. 

More accolades: Aside from Maido winning the title of Latin America’s Best Restaurant four times since joining the list in 2013, plus achieving the title of The Best Restaurant in South America 2024, beloved cook Micha was voted by his peers as the winner of the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award 2024.