Gaston Acurio, Peru’s most famous international restauranteur has developed an empire of restaurants aimed at all levels of gastronomy and cost ranging from hamburger bars, ceviche garages and Chifa restaurants to the elite gourmet. ( see later posts)
While we were in Lima, unable to book an evening meal at Astrid y Gaston Casa Moreyra (six week waiting list!), we had the most amazing degustation lunch (28 courses!) in a magnificently refurbished historic hacienda.
The restaurant potager
Traditional smoking meat in the grounds
The menu was entitled Memories of my Land, a three hour experience which highlighted the history, customs and finest produce of Lima. Each morsel was served on a unique plate or presentation piece and was paired with different wines.
This tiny pork ball was completely covered in mini edible
flowers and cradled in a 6″ bamboo tripod.
Most portions were only
one mouthful but oh the detail!
A palate cleanser served in a hollow block of ice.
Where else in a restaurant of this
quality do you get to be invited
into the kitchen? These young
people have all completed three
years training and are now employed
full time preparing the amazing
degustation menu under the watchful
eyes of the head chef, Diego Muñoz.
Everything is done “to perfection”.
We were impressed to hear that with his passion for improving the quality and presentation of his beloved Peruvian food, Gaston has set up a foundation to train young chefs who would otherwise not be able to afford their training.
Absolutely fabulous! Definitely the highlight of our trip.