Astrid Y Gaston is located in San Isidro and has led Peru’s culinary surge for over 20 years. Astrid Y Gaston is to Peru like French Laundry is to the United States; Astrid Y Gaston is to Peru like the Fat Duck is to England. Here are the restaurants accolades:
- #30 on the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- #14 on the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- #18 on the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- #14 on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- #35 on the 2012 World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- #42 on the 2011 World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- #3 on the 2015 Latin America’s 50 Best Resaurants
- #2 on the 2014 Latin America‘s 50 Best Restaurants
- #1 on the 2013 Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants
The restaurant was originally founded by Astrid Gutsche, Latin America’s 2015 Best Pastry Chef, and Gastón Acurio. Gastón Acurio has now become a restaurateur as my chefs do. Chef Diego Munoz returned to Peru to work with Gaston Acurio to showcase the diversity of Peruvian cuisine. Chef Munoz is the head chef who runs the restaurant and has trained in Canada, Australia and Paris; in addition, he has worked at two of the most famed restaurants in Spain, Mugaritz and El Bulli.
Once you step foot into the restaurant, you will notice Astrid Y Gaston is absolutely beautiful with its minimalist decor and the high ceiling gives it a very elegant atmosphere. The neutral tones with limited tables in each room makes it appear spacious; the restaurant has a bar, private rooms, development kitchen, garden, patio and a courtyard. The former 17th century plantation house provides a very elegant dining experience.
Astrid Y Gaston service was fantastic and the dishes arrived in unison. The wait staff did an excellent job providing the preparation and the influences behind each dish; however, they couldn’t accommodate my request to have the dining experience under 2.5 hours due to prior arrangements. It ended up being more than 3 hours, which was really disappointing. In my opinion, the meal should not last more than 2.5 hours from the first dish to receiving the check. It really prolongs the experience especially if there are long breaks between each meal.
Now, the food. Astrid Y Gaston provides an a la carte menu along with a tasting menu. After reviewing the options, I decided to go with the tasting menu because I wanted to sample as many different items on the menu as possible. The title of the tasting menu was Mistura 2016; it was name after the food festival that was occurring the same weekend. The food festival featured the diversity of Lima cuisines and the 14 course tasting menu provided the same experience. Here are my favorites:
- 19th Cebiche Century Revival – The lively and vibrant taste of the Cebiche was incredible. The dish celebrated Lima’s signature dish with fresh fish swimming in a pool of tangy chili sauce; the crisp vegetables provided a lovely crunch to offset the fish’s soft texture. The dish’s colors definitely matched the taste.
- The Guinea Pig Pekinesse – The Chinese inspired was presented the same way Peking Duck is eaten in Beijng. The delicate black pancake wrapped around the Guinea Pig and the fresh crisp vegetables when you eat it. The skin had a crunchy texture but the tenderness of the roasted meat shine. It was a fantastic example of taking foreign cooking technique and applying it to local ingredients.
- Suckling Pig – The perfectly cooked Suckling Pig laid on top of a Black Bean puree and garnished with Lima Fruits. The sweetness of the fruits blended well with the salty Suckling Pig and the Black Beans puree provided another level of depth to the dish. The Black Beans puree added a rich earthy taste to the other ingredients. The dish was robust in flavors.
Overall, Astrid Y Gaston was a memorable experience and it showcase why it has been the top restaurant in South America for so long. Astrid Y Gaston perfectly celebrates the diverse cuisine of Lima with its tasting menu; it showcases the talents of the Chef Diego Munoz and providing robust flavors in the process.
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- Service - 8.5/108.5/10
- Presentation - 9/109/10
- Flavors - 8.5/108.5/10
- Decor - 9.5/109.5/10
- Ambiance - 9/109/10
Astrid Y Gaston is located in San Isidro and has led Peru’s culinary surge for over 20 years. Astrid Y Gaston is to Peru like French Laundry is to the United States; Astrid Y Gaston is to Peru like the Fat Duck is to England. The wait staff did an excellent job providing the preparation and the influences behind each dish. Astrid Y Gaston perfectly celebrates the diverse cuisine of Lima with its tasting menu.