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Astrid y Gastón, Lima

175 Cantuarias
Tel: 511 444 1496's insider take:

Behind an improbably nondescript exterior on a quiet street in Miraflores lies the seat of an ever-expanding culinary empire. A husband-and-wife team that met while training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Gastón Acurio is Peru's best-known chef, whose spin-off restaurant brands now reach as far as San Francisco, and Astrid Gutsche is a German-born dessert demigoddess. The pair specialize in decadent, internationally inflected Peruvian dishes, from tuna with tamarind and coco to La Huerta (translation: The Garden, an apt choice for this everything-under-the-Peruvian-sun vegetarian feast). Served up in a rich colonial setting with gorgeous modern touches (not least the bottom-lit bar), the food draws locals and foreigners in equal measure.—Updated by Abbie Kozolchyk

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