Type of Food: High end, Technique driven, Creative, Modernist, Local Ingredients
Maido is ranked 13 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and is ranked 5 on Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list. Maido was my favorite meal in Lima. At it's heart, Peruvian food is a fusion cuisine based on all of the immigrants who have added their flavors to the indigenous culture including Japanese, Chinese, Italian, African and Spanish. Nikkei is Japanese-Peruvian food. When I first heard about Nikkei, I was skeptical. When I tasted it, I was an immediate convert. The great umami centered Japanese cuisine combined with Peruvian ingredients with it's acid and incredible fruit and vegetable diversity makes for one of the most flavorful and exciting cuisines in the world. No doubt. The vibe at Maido is relaxed, and it is large enough that there are a small number of walk ins available. However, reservations are a must if you want the Amazon Nikkei Experience, which is their tasting menu. I have heard that if you are not able to get a reservation for the Nikkei Experience, they may be able to provide a smaller tasting menu experience. Mitsuharu Tsumura is the chef and owner of Maido. He is a native of Lima and trained in Japan before opening Maido. If you are in Lima, make sure to get a reservation at Maido for the Nikkei Experience.