10 Best Chinese Restaurants For You To Explore while In Lima, Peru



Chinese restaurants in Lima are an experience not to be missed. Chinese and Peruvian cuisines have happily influenced each other, creating a kind of Chinese food that you will hardly find outside Peru. Flavors fusion, colors, mystery, and top class service, make these restaurants, locally known as “chifa”, a must for everyone, especially for foodies.

There is a chifa almost in any Lima neighborhood, so it is quite easy to find one. We are suggesting a few of the best ones, mostly in Lima, San Isidro and Miraflores.

If you are in Lima Downtown, San Joy Lao and Wa Lok are the ones to visit. There are lots of Chinese restaurants located here in the local China Town, but these ones are top class service.  However, there are also many small and very affordable places, perfect for backpackers.

San isidro has some excellent chifas too, like Ming Yin, Mandarin, Royal, Lung Fung (which includes a casino) and Palacio, all of them offering a very large selection of dishes; and if you are in Miraflores, you have many great options, like Kuo Wha Gardens or Madam Tusan, among others.

Another very interesting place is Mandarin (located in San Borja) that combines a chifa, an international restaurant and a casino.
 



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One of the most emblematic chifas (founded in 1920) in China Town, and unanimously considered as the best in its kind, and during its many years of existence it has blended Peruvian and Chinese flavors (in food and drinks) to create an unique and delicious experience for all of its customers. For example, this is the only place in Lima that serves "Chinese Pisco Sour" or the "Ti Pa Cuy", a real fusion of Chinese flavors with Peruvian traditional Andean ingredients (guinea pig as the main one). It also has a branch in Surco, at Caminos del Inca 1893, Surco, 2790546


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This Cantonese style restaurant is located on the second floor of the Golden Palace Casino, in San Isidro, a few blocks away from the heart of the financial zone of San Isidro district. Nowadays it has some 20 tables, and its most famous specialties are the Pekin Duck and the "Lomo con verduras a la plancha" (Beef and vegetables, Chinese-barbecued), as well as the "Chaufa" (fried rice). Dim Sum appetizers and desserts are excellent, too. Due to its location most of its customers are executives from the companies nearby; but many gamblers from Golden Palace end up having dinner here, too.


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Kuo Wha is the largest and oldest (48 years old) Chinese restaurant in Miraflores, and is also conveniently located near the Indian Markets in Petit Thouars Avenue, a few blocks away from Miraflores Central Park. Its culinary offer includes Chinese (Cantonese ), Dim Sum and Peruvian Creole food. The name explain itself once you step in: there is a large and beautiful courtyard garden designed following oriental landscaping style, including a pond full of ornamental fishes. The lunch time buffet is always a good option, but you can also pamper you and your loved ones with a special dinner a la carte.


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This is another good option, due not only to its excellent food, but also to its location, close enough to hotels, banks, and the financial areas of San Isidro, but not too close from the noisy and crowded nearby avenues. It is a very spacious restaurant that attracts locals and tourists as well, and has become one of the preferred places to host events like wedding receptions, family reunions or corporative activities. For a special treat, try the Chinese barbecue, or the "Caldero Mongol" (Mongol Pot), but you may also try any of the family banquets suggested in the menu.


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Surco


 

Peru claims to have one of the best Japanese-fusion cuisines in South America, and since there's a big community of Peruvians from Japanese descent, there must be some truth in this. And you will feel inclined to believe it when you visit Niqei, a place that has earned itself a reputation re-inventing Peruvian-Japanese fusion. Niqei has very large offer of makis and sushis including Peruvian flavors and textures, even in crispy versions, and with Peruvian sauces. Its most famous creation is the "Maki Atakutado", a maki made from "tacutacu", a very Peruvian mixture of rice and beans. Check also for the desserts and the cocktails.


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This is one of the most luxury Chinese restaurants in Lima: its centric location in San Isidro makes it easy to reach from almost anywhere in the city. It was first established in 1995, and its owner Cesar Loo is very proud of this Mandarin-style cuisine, that has been awarded even in China. It serves breakfasts, classy brunches, buffet lunches, gala dinners, special buffets, and private parties, and of course lots of a la carte options. Royal has been acknowledged by the World Association of Chinese Cuisine as the Best Chinese Cuisine Restaurant because of its careful preservation of traditional techniques.


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San Borja


 

Part of the Mandarin corporation, this is more than a mere Chinese or oriental restaurant: you will even find a casino here. However, this place has become popular because its buffet is probably the largest one in Lima, and has many options: Peruvian creole, Italian, Chinese, Sushi Bar, Thai, Mediterranean, barbecues, veggie, seafood, etc. And there's also plenty of options for desserts: fruits, pastries, chocolate, etc. The place is elegant and the food is great, but the service can be slow, especially if it's crowded, so if you want to order drinks or beverages make sure to do so at first: frozen lemonade is excellent.


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Madam Tusan is the latest effort of local chef Gaston Acurio in exploring fusion cuisines. This restaurant blends Peruvian and Chinese cuisine techniques and flavors, based on the fact that the latter has a strong presence in Peru since more than 150 years (due to immigrations): fusion is everywhere here but especially in sauces. In general, food is excellent here, but as a visitor you may find that spicy dishes are in fact bit too spicy. As a plus, we can tell you that servings are large, so a dish can be shared by two or three people. It's a bit pricey. but not too much considering this restaurant's category. And be aware: you do need to make a reservation, maybe two or three days in advance.


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Chifa Palacio
Photo courtesy of Chifa Palacio


 

One of the largest chifas in Lima, this place has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, which could give you an idea of its well-earned prestige in Lima. It is restaurants have room for up to 300 people, and they claim to serve "the best chifa food in the city": it certainly offers many dishes that could qualify as delicatessen, such as Crayfish with Chinese almonds, or the "Palacio Duck" (with peaches and pineapple). Food is great, service is fast and efficient, and it is located in San Isidro, near the financial zone and within walking distance from the Canaval y Moreyra Metropolitano Bus Station.


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Chifa Wa Lok


 

This is a Chinese-Peruvian restaurant established more than 15 years ago, during which it has built itself a reputation of culinary excellence and good service. This one is located in the Barrio Chino (the local China Town) and its cuisine can be considered as a fusion of Cantonese and Peruvian flavors. Since there are more than 300 dishes to choose from, you may as well take some advice from the manager or from the waiter: as for us, we would suggest trying the different kinds of "arroz chaufa", (fried rice, Chinese style) the "langostinos en salsa de ajo" (crawfish in garlic sauce), of the Pekin Duck, among many other deli taste options.


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