Continuing on our gastronomic trip around Peru is Maido – No.8 in World’s 50 Best and No.2 in Latin America.
Maido simply means welcome in Japanese and this greeting is shouted by all the staff, each and every time a person enters the restaurant. Perhaps it’s this that gave the modern space, its relaxed but upbeat atmosphere. We certainly didn’t feel as though things were too formal, despite the outstanding service and hospitality we received. Ropes hang from the ceiling to create an artistic interpretation of the Japanese flag, a reminder of the food to come.
Whilst here we opted for the 14 course ‘Nikkei’ menu, a fusion of Peruvian & Japanese cuisine that changes depending on the seasons. However, they also offer an a la carte menu where you can opt for sushi, etc. A Peruvian himself, head chef Mitsuharu Tsumura wants locals to feel as welcome as gastronomic tourists like us.
“AT SEA LIFE IS TASTIER”
Our menu on the day was entirely made up of seafood – yep all 14 courses. Sole, trout, octopus, mackerel, squid, sea snail, cod, river prawns, sea urchins – they were all here.
We started with intricate snacks served on coral and paired with sake (sushi rice cracker with avocado and trout belly with ponzu gel), before moving through to ceviche, dim sum, noodles and even a fish & octopus hotdog made an appearance.
Food was inventive but tasty, experimental but not scary. The drinks pairing included really interesting local beers and understandably focused mainly on white wine. We finished with a chocolate ‘mussel’ with lucuma ice cream.
Before leaving we were given a copy of the menu as a memento, complete with the teams signatures. A lovely touch we’ll treasure forever.
Check out some of the courses here…