Lima, Peru, a great place to explore new flavors.

Isabel Guerra

By , Local Expert, Lima
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Due to the many influences that make Peruvian cuisisine what it is nowadays, and to the many diversity of regional cuisines, this list we offer you here tries to be a fair representative of every little aspect of this blooming gastronomy.

Although it may seem a bit odd, there's a strong presence of Asian cuisines here, especially Chinese and Japanese, and that's why we have chosen Niqei, a restaurant focused in Peruvian-Japanese fusion that has won unanimous accolades from all sectors: Japanese food but with an unmistakable Peruvian style that is conquering new fans every day with its seafood-based dishes.

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    Café Z

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their Facebook page for information on their live music shows and their schedules. When you buy any coffee or tea you can ask for a loyalty card (buy 9 drinks to get the 10th for free). And be patient, service can be a bit slow sometimes, especially at nights."

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    Malabar Restaurant & Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "The menu changes four times in a year, to present some of the chef's new creations, but there's some dishes that have stayed due to the customers' preference, like the Tuna Tartare, the Tiradito de Pejerreyes or the Lomo Saltado."

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    Cebicheria La Mar

    Local Expert Tip: "There's also many options for those who do not dare trying raw fillets, like many rice-based dishes, risottos, and many seafood-based and well-cooked dishes, many of them are fusion with Asian and Italian cuisines. And the bar is excellent, too."

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    Segundo Muelle

    Local Expert Tip: "The star dish here is the cebiche, undoubtedly, so take a look at the menu and ask the waiter for a quick explanation on the many varieties of cebiche, so you can pick one that pleases you to the top."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to ask the waiter for some of the extremely sweet Peruvian creole desserts, like the picarones (a kind of fried doughnuts), the Arroz con Leche, or many others like the colorful Turron de Do�a Pepa. There's valet parking service if needed."

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    Local Expert Tip: "The selection of drinks is also large and excellent, but do not forget to enjoy a very Peruvian pisco-sour. And you may want to try some of the local fruit-based desserts, specially those made of passion fruit, elderberry and fig."

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    Pardos Chicken

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask the waiter for other creole specialties, such as the Tallarin Saltado, the Lomo Saltado; or the new Grilled Mushrooms, or for any of the huge chicken salads. And of course try the national beverage Chicha Morada (made of purple corn) and don't miss the desserts table."

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    Local Expert Tip: "If you are always looking for some new flavors, or if you are inclined to culinary adventures, try ordering one of the most exotic desserts: Wasabi ice-cream with passion-fruit jelly and chocolate chips. We can say it's something truly unique."

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    Huaca Pucllana

    Local Expert Tip: "You do need to book a table in advance. The place has some very good South American wines and of course, the national flagship drink, Pisco Sour, as well as some exquisite Peruvian and international, like the spectacular "Volc�n de Chocolate" (Chocolate Volcano)."

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    Chala Costa Fusión

    Local Expert Tip: "Two of Chala's most famous specialties are the Ravioli in Mushroom sauce and the Thai Salmon. Among the desserts, the chocolate-based ones are superb, but take nothe that some of them may take 20 minutes to arrive to your table."



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