Type of Food: High end, Technique driven, Creative, Modernist, Local Ingredients
Central is currently ranked #4 on the World's 50 Best Restaurant's List and #1 on the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurant's List. They are known for venturing into the wilds of Peru to find native ingredients to highlight in the restaurant. Peru is one of the world's most ecologically diverse countries containing peaks in the Andes that are over 20,000 feet high, jungles along the Amazon river, and a coastal desert where most of the population lives. There are 4,000 varieties of potatoes, hundreds of varieties of chili peppers, and jungle fruit I had never seen before. Central's mission is to highlight the amazing diversity and uniqueness of Peru's flora and fauna and they do it incredibly well. The cost of the large 18 course tasting menu is 398 Peruvian Nuevos Soles which is about $120. This is a lot of money in Peru, but much less than most world class restaurants cost. Central succeeds in presenting a very refined version of incredible Peruvian cuisine.