Calle San Martin 300, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Photo by Judith Hernández
Rafael It’s hard to believe master chef Rafael Osterling was a lawyer before he chose to study at the Cordon Bleu. But be glad he did, because Lima’s food scene wouldn’t be the same without him. Rafael uses native ingredients, yet adapts them to influences from Asia, Italy, and to Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei cuisine, creating a menu as delicious as it is eclectic. Seafood delights such as grilled octopus with chimichurri, or scallops with flying-fish roe in Amazon chilies, abound. The chef also works his modern sensibilities on traditional arroz con pato (duck cooked in black beer with herbed rice), lamb shank with honey and spices, and crispy suckling pig.