can´t-miss restaurants in Lima

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Chez Wong

Calle Enrique León García, 114, Santa Catalina, La Victoria

Ceviche maker Javier Wong prepares this typical Peruvian dish in front of diners — a show that usually makes the house fill up. All the ceviche dishes are made with sole and can be served hot or cold.

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El Mercado

Hipólito Unanue, 203, Miraflores

For an immersion in traditional Peruvian cuisine, head to the restaurant owned by chef Rafael Osterling. The menu includes such classic dishes as ají de gallina (pepper sauce with chicken) and seafood tacu tacu (rice and beans).

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La Barra

Avenida Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro

Part of the complex owned by chef Gastón Acúrio, La Barra doesn’t have a fixed menu: the dishes are prepared using ingredients of the season. A few inventions: quinoa burger with cream of pepper and mango chutney, and octopus with potatoes, chimichurri and bell pepper.

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La Rosa Nautica

Espigón Miraflores, Lima 18, Circuito de Playas, Miraflores

La Rosa Nautica is famous not only for its traditional Peruvian cuisine: the house is also known for its location in the pier, across from the Miraflores wall. The table by the window, with a view of the Pacific, is the most popular among tourists.

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La Tia Grimanesa

Calle Ignacio Merino, 475, Miraflores

Anticuchos, grilled meat on skewers, are one of the most common street foods in the Peruvian capital. At La Tia Grimanesa, which has been drawing crowds ever since it was a street stand, the secret to success is their sauce made with smoked chili, vinegar, and garlic.

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Pescados Capitales

Avenida Mariscal La Mar, 1337, Miraflores

At this restaurant which specializes in seafood, several dishes are named after sins: the Santa Ira, for instance, is made with octopus grilled with aromatic butter and green asparagus.

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El Pan de La Chola

Avenida La Mar, 918, Miraflores

This bakery has become famous in Lima, attracting everyone from executives to hipsters in search of crunchy, hot bread, accompanied by organic fruits, homemade jams, local olive oils, and coffee prepared with select beans.

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La Lucha Sanguchería Criolla

Avenida Santa Cruz, 847, Miraflores

At this sandwich restaurant in Miraflores, Lima’s food culture is present in such dishes as the chicharrón (pork rinds) and camote (sweet potato) sandwich.

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ámaZ

Avenida La Paz, 1079

The Amazonian influence on Peruvian cuisine is the focus at ámaZ, the address owned by chef Pedro Schiaffino. Ingredients from the forest appear in such options as tacacho (fried purée of green bananas) and chonta (noodles made of heart of palm).

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Al Toke Pez

Avenida Angamos Este, 886, Surquillo

Establishments that aren’t so popular and offer unique culinary experiences are known as huariques to Peruvians. This is the case of Al Toke Pez. The favorite recipes among diners include shellfish rice and oysters sautéed in butter. You should also try the chicha morada, a Peruvian beverage made with purple corn.