Astrid y Gaston, Lima – Peru

We booked here upon reading about it on the Worlds Top 50 restaurants. We got a booking easily and opted for the ala carte menu. We appreciate that there is ala carte on offer and not just a tasting menu. This means the restaurant is financially more accessible.

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We arrived at the beautiful mansion that is the restaurant and made our way into the dining room where the chefs are at work.

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There are numerous rooms with big tables, large doors and nice art. The room we sat in also has some awesome upside down plants.

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We both ordered some good cocktails as the wines were a bit expensive and there weren’t many by the glass.

We began with a bread basket for one (which easily served us both). Being a connoisseur and lover of restaurant bread, this did not disappoint. The charcoal bread with fruits was flawless and the the savoury scone was delightful, just to name a few.

We ordered two small plates to share: the “tacos de chicarron de Limeno” which were two small quinoa tortillas with beans, sweet potato and aji peppers. The flavour on these was superb.

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The other dish was Dim Sum Cuy which was guinea pig dim sum cuy on beetroot buns with Chinese mushroom salsa, criolla and sweet and sour chifa vinaigrette. These also had really nice flavour combinations.

We were intent on ordering one of their special
Desserts so we decided to share a main meal.
We ordered the Tortellinis De Arracha which is quite possibly one of the nicest pastas we’ve ever had. It was Arracha (beef) filled tortellini with sage, tomatoes, pecans and an Andean cheese emulsion. We thoroughly recommend this. They also sell large meat based plates, fish and seafood and skillets to share. The Tasting menu is also a good option if you want a bit of everything in smaller versions.

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The piece de resistance was the chocolate dessert ball. A thin tempered chocolate ball, which, when cracked reveals a dessert full of beer ice cream, caramel and more surprises.
This was fantastic. It was huge and could easily feed 4 people.

Overall the food here was incredible and in particular the portion size is generous and and reasonably priced for such a fine establishment. We thoroughly suggest you pay this restaurant a visit.

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