NileGuide Expert Says:
Editor's choice for Japanese food in Lima
Manuel Bañón 260, San Isidro, Peru
NileGuide Expert tip:
Be ready for nice surprises.
This was the first true Japanese restaurant established in Lima, more than 30 years ago: it has been acknowledged by the Summit Foundation in 2003 as one of the five best sushi bars in the world. The menu privileges the traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors, but there's room for some fusion with Peruvian cuisine: try the tiradito del milenio (salmon, tuna, octopus, scallops), the scallops isoyaki or the acevichado and anticuchado makis. You may also try the different tempura options, the Sashimi Mixto or any of the Teishoku (complete lunch) options, or the "boats" (a large serving, a combinarion of several things). Unlike other Japanese restaurants, Matsuei includes some excellent desserts, like the Banana with Almonds, Nuts and Coconut in caramel sauce; or the Lucuma Mousse with sake. If you sit at the sushi bar, you will be able to have fun watching the preparation of the maki rolls and having a talk with the friendly staff.