Foodie mecca serves piranha
Peruvian restaurant with piranha on the menu has made it onto World's 50 Best Restaurants for the second consecutive year
A Peruvian restaurant that serves piranha has placed in the No. 6 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, making it the best restaurant in Latin America. The exclusive menu at Central, located in Lima, Peru, is said to be inspired by the South American country’s landscape and wildlife thanks to inspired dishes such as the ‘Waters of Nanay’ – piranha fish served in an entire, sharp-tooth-filled piranha head.
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 mash-up of the two cultures.
Latin America’s best
In addition to the two restaurants that made it into the top 10 of the 50 best restaurants in the world, a further five restaurants in Latin America also made 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 around the world. 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.
Contours follow an upward curve
Managing Director of Australia’s longest running Latin America tour operator, Contours Travel, Ted Dziadkiewicz, describes the experience of eating at Central and at the Astrid & Gastón as incredible. Having travelled to South America nearly 130 times since Contours Travel was established in 1975, Dziadkiewicz has seen the transformation of the hospitality sector.
Dziadkiewicz recalls when the company was in its formative years developing tours to South America, it used to recommend just a short one-night stop in Lima. “Hospitality areas have improved beyond recognition from those early days,” he says. contourstravel.com.au