I’m just finishing up a week of work in Lima, Peru, and I’ve probably put on ten pounds from a liberal sampling of this city’s amazing dining scene. I know Lima doesn’t get a lot of love from the traveler crowd, but it’s got the best food I’ve had in Latin America. I love the local emphasis on tons of fresh seafood, so I didn’t try a lot of different types of food, but for fresh, modern, fusion-y, Nuevo-Peruvian cuisine, you could do way worse than to try the following:
La Mar Best. Ceviche. Ever. Casual open air, palapa-roofed hot spot frequented by beautiful locals.
La Huaca Pucllana Fine dining in a clubby atmosphere, overlooking an archaeological dig of pre-Incan ruins. In the middle of the city. Unique, to say the least.
CALA Best overall dining experience I had: a beautiful modern space in an ocean front location. Exemplary service and strong drinks. Delicious seafood specialties (and Kobe beef at $50 for 200 grams), beautifully presented.
Francesco Italo-Peruvian cuisine. Stark, modern, elegantly minimalist. Portions are anything but minimal.
All of the above places are going to set you back around $30-40 per person for a full-meal deal: drinks, appetizers, entrée, and dessert. You won’t leave hungry.