(World’s 50 Best Blog, July 2023) Peru took the headlines at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 in Valencia, officially marking Lima as a food capital that is right at the top of gastronomic travellers’ hit lists. While The World’s Best Restaurant, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Aqua Panna, is Central – the first Latin American restaurant to top the ranking – it is ably supported by other listees Maido, Kjolle, Mayta and Mérito.
For a pre-prandial libation ahead of your tasting menu extravaganza – or as you find yourself waiting for a cancellation to nab a last-minute table – Sorrel Moseley-Williams rounds up Lima’s finest drinking dens where the cocktails are as good as the food at the city’s superlative restaurants
Lady Bee, Miraflores
When husband-and-wife team Alonso Palomino and Gabriela León opened Lady Bee in the trendy Miraflores neighbourhood in 2021, the bartender and chef created a space that serves up Peru in a glass. Much like at Central, seasonal ingredients are sourced from small producers across varying ecosystems around the county, while pisco sommelier Palomino releases a new drinks list every four months. One fixture is Three Sips Martini, made with green olives from Arequipa, algae sourced from Ica and trout caviar. A current favourite is Oca/Olluco, which uses a red oca tuber distillate, olluco tubers from Huatata and potato pickles in the drink.
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