Last updated 29 May 2019
For the second consecutive year, two restaurants in Peru have made it into the top 10 of the 50 best restaurants in the world, with a further five restaurants in Latin America also making the list. The annual list is decided by a panel of more than 1000 culinary experts and provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences.
Central – Lima, Peru
Placing at the sixth spot on the world’s top 50 restaurants and therefore making it the list’s best restaurant in Latin America, is ‘Central’ restaurant in Lima, Peru, promoted as a shrine to Peruvian cuisine. The exclusive menu is inspired by Peru’s landscape and wildlife with dishes such as the ‘Waters of Nanay’ – piranha fish served in an entire, sharp-tooth-filled piranha head.
Maido – Lima, Peru
Just behind Central on the list and also located in Lima is Maido, the seventh best restaurant in the world. Maido is a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. From succulent cod marinated in miso with crispy nuts to sea urchin rice, Maido’s cuisine offers a vibrant mix of two cultures.
Also featured on the list were Quintonil restaurant and Pujol restaurant, both in Mexico City, Borago restaurant in Santiago, Chile, DOM restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Astrid & Gaston restaurant, also in Lima.
The Managing Director of Australia’s longest running Latin America tour operator, Contours Travel, Ted Dziadkiewicz, is no stranger to the diverse and colourful culinary experiences Latin America has to offer. Having travelled there nearly 130 times since Contours Travel was established in 1975, Ted has seen the transformation of the hospitality sectors. “I recall when we were in our formative years developing tours to South America, we used to recommend just a short one-night stop in Lima,” he said. “Hospitality areas have improved beyond recognition from those early days. The food is like heaven in your mouth. I have had the delightful experience of eating at Central and at the Astrid & Gastón and they are, without doubt, incredible culinary experiences.”
Contours Travel’s nine-day Flavours of Mexico Culinary Tour for independent travellers is a foodie’s dream where travellers can experience the diversity of Mexico’s cuisine. The itinerary begins with four nights in Mexico City during which time Contours Travel can book guests into list-topping Quintonil and Pujol restaurants to experience some of the world’s best meals. The tour includes visits to food markets, cooking classes and food samplings including Mexico’s famous mole poblano, a casserole dish featuring chocolate and chilli. The independent tour, available any time, is priced from $2499 pe person, twin-share, including accommodation, transfers and sightseeing.
Specialising in Latin America, Contours Travel offers tours throughout Latin America with tailored itineraries exploring the best the region has to offer. If travellers wish to experience all the flavours and the best restaurants of Latin America, Contours Travel can enhance your culinary experience by booking you in to Central, Maido, Astrid & Gaston, DOM. and Borago restaurants.
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