Saturday, March 31, 2012

Introduction to a tasting menu at Astrid y Gaston, Lima



Yesterday, Thursday March 29th 2012, we enjoyed a 11 course tasting menu at Astrid y Gaston restaurant here in Miraflores Lima. This restaurant has been among the highest ranked restaurants in the world, and the meal was indeed a culinary adventure. 

The restaurant summer menu was priced at 230 soles per person and included the following dishes: 

Sea urchins and scallops
On vacation
***
Pulpo 
(or octopus) 
Trapped in a smoker cylinder
 ***
Frutos de verano de los valles del sur 
(or the summer fruits from the south valley) 
Fig cold soup from Chilca
Delicia apple and foie tartar
 ***
Cebiche de un amor de verano 
(or the summer's love cebiche) 
Passion, romantic and fleeting
 ***
Cuy 
(or guinea pig) 
In a Chinese disguise
 ***
Choclito 
(or peruvian white corn) 
Rebel with a cause
 ***
Un pez de altura que parece mantequilla 
(or a fish from the deep who looks like butter) 
Peruvian asparagus creamy rice
Artichoke parihuela

Un pez de roca que parece loco 
(or a rock fish who looks like crazy) 
Tamarindbroth
Multicolor quinoas
Coconut

El placer de la carne 
(or the the pleasure of the meat) 
Beef cheek meat
Crispy potatoes

El mango y su cómplice el camu camu 
(or the the mango and its accomplice, the camu camu
Hidden under a refreshing camu camu layer (rumberry)
Served with coconut tapioca and mint syrup

La manzana castigada 
(or the the punished apple) 
Baked apple in a caramel shell
Served with dulce de leche spread foam 
Sphered apple juice reduction and ginger ice cream 

We were offered a culinary revelaton with so many flavours and textures reflecting the rich culture and the abundance of natural ingredients of Peru. For us to be offered such a exquisite meal at such a favourable price was an extraordinary privilege.

You could choose from a wine menu or two hand picked Malbec wines from Argentina, and we chose the latter. The whole meal ended at around 450 soles ($ 172 / € 126 per person), including a foredrink (three pisco sours)

I will return with a full review with photos of the meal here on Enjoy Food & Travel after I have returned from Peru and have digested all the powerful impressions. For those of you in Peru the coming week I would recommend to make a reservation at Astrid y Gaston. 

If you do not care for such a impressive meal you can choose dishes from the a la carte menu at very favourable prices.

Vis Peru April 2012 i et større kart

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