If any single restaurant could be credited with revolutionizing Peruvian cuisine it would be this one. In the late 1990s, chef Gastón Acurio and his German wife and partner Astrid Gustche made the transition from contemporary French cuisine to Peruvian. At the time, native ingredients from the Andes and Amazon were looked down upon in the capital. In the years since, food has become the biggest single factor in uniting Peruvians, and Acurio—now with dozens of restaurants across the globe—has become the face of the cuisine. After twenty years in its original Miraflores location, in early 2014 Astrid y Gastón moved to the historic Casa Moreyra, a beautifully renovated and modernized colonial hacienda. Many of the original frescoes and interior details were preserved and have meshed beautifully with modern details like glass and contemporary art. Gardens and five kitchens were also added. The culinary team often experiments with new dishes, which change every season. The sprawling compound is home to both a more casual restaurant serving Peruvian standards and small plates with pisco-based cocktails, as well as a more formal, high-end, tasting-menu-only restaurant with wine pairings, for which dining is on par to a visit to Machu Picchu. Reservations are a must.
Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra
Casa Moreyra, Av. Paz Soldán 290
Our Rating Neighborhood San Isidro Hours Tues–Sat 1:30–3pm, 7–11pm; Sun 12:30pm–3:30pm Phone 01/242-5387 Prices Main courses S/45–S/85; tasting menu approximately S/500, including wine pairing Cuisine Type PERUVIAN, AVANT-GARDE Web site Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra