- Peruvian food has come to be as ubiquitous throughout Latin America as the country's flute-playing musicians are on big city sidewalks. Astrid y Gastón Cocina Peruana, the high-end Nueva Andean restaurant, has foreign branches in Mexico City's Polanco district, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Argentina. Chef Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid Gutsche opened their first restaurant in Lima in 1994 and trained chef Yerika Muñoz who oversees the Polanco kitchen. She uses local ingredients to recreate such Peruvian favorites as ceviche of shrimp, tuna and mango; causa – mashed potatoes paired with seafood, cream, and avocado, crispy tender roast suckling pig, and chaufa, Peru's spin on Chinese fried rice. Among the desserts is a sorbet made from indigenous purple corn, cinnamon, cloves, and lime. The service is first-rate as is the design, including a wall-spanning pieced wood installation reminiscent of Aztec pyramids. The restaurant is close to Hotel Las Alcobas.
Prices: MX$600-800/$US60-80 per person including wine
Payment: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Parking: valet, limited street parking
How to Get There: Metro Polanco
Services: restaurant, bar, wine cellar, restrooms
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