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#14 of 2,693 Restaurants in Lima
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Local cuisine, Japanese, Peruvian, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
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Nikkei food restaurant
PRICE RANGE
$50 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Japanese, Peruvian, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
FEATURES
Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

We were told that this establishment served great Japanese/Peruvian fusion fare. We couldn't spot it at first sight as there's no signage at all. After walking around looking high and low for a restaurant looking venue or building and thinking that the Google Map app...was malfunctioning we spotted the restaurant. It looks like a modern house with a small metal plaque mounted on the pillar of the front gate. Apparently, you need a reservation and we were also told that at times the wait list to get a table can be weeks. We lucked out as we arrived about an hour before they close for lunch. There was a table available....ooooorah! The restaurant was packed. Decor was simple, modern and classy. The staff were great and so was the service. The food presentation was awesome and the taste blew us away! We ordered up a storm after the first two appetizers. Maido mesmerized our taste buds! Prices are at the high end but it was well worth every penny! If there's a budget to splurge on one meal while holidaying in Lima...this is it! We would definitely revisit this establishment the next time we are in Lima. Highly Recommended!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

We made this reservation through the American express platinum concierge. We have found this is the best way to get into these types of restaurants. There are 2 of the top 10 restaurants in the world in Lima right now. This is number 6. My...husband loves all Asian food, and I will eat just about anything put in front of me, so we were excited to try the tasting menu here. Our reservation was at 7, which is when the restaurant opens, so we stood outside the gate for about 10 minutes waiting. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the building and it is beautiful. It’s funny another reviewer said they were hot because we found it to be cold. Proof you can’t please everyone! As soon as we were seated, we were offered a cocktail. The staff to guest ratio appeared to be equal. We did the tasting menu though we did not realize there was a regular menu to order À la cart until we saw other guests eating different dishes. After our cocktail, our server came over and explained exactly what was going to happen. We were offered to drink pairing. I accepted but my husband declined. He ordered a bottle of red. The server said each course was going to come out and then he would explain exactly what the dish was made of, what parts we were to eat, and even how to eat it. The service was truly impeccable. Not too intense. Not too slow. We were told the meal would last approximately 2-2.5 hours but we were there for just over 3. We found the food just to be good. Not exceptional. It was incredibly creative and artistic! But the taste was not overwhelming for us. Maybe we anticipated more sushi? Maybe they lost me after the guinea pig? When it was set down in front of us, we were told that it could be replaced with a different dish. My husband opted for that. I tasted the guinea pig. Mental rodent block maybe? Not sure, but we found ourselves hoping each dish would be better than the last. We also found ourselves eating less and less of each course. As with a lot of the top restaurants, there are several dessert courses. These were delicious and cleverly taped in little bags. It really was a great meal. Maybe not as tasty as we hoped. If you are going to be in Lima, you really have to try this restaurant. It’s number 6 right now. In the world!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

If I had to pick one highlight during my trip to Peru, dining here would be it. Reservations were made way before we flew out and I highly recommend it because they are consistently on the top 10 of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list...for a reason. Not a single table was open and I doubt any of the diners that night were walk-ins. Our server was a sweetheart and was well versed with the menu. Though the Tasting Menu looked enticing, we decided to order all the things we loved, a la carte and was 110% pleased we went that route. From the nigiri section, we got scallop with uni cream, toro (fatty tuna), table-seared foie gras, and angus beef topped with quail egg. All of which now ranks the best version I’ve had yet. Cuy-san was a delicacy I had to pass up on but my husband went for it - I mean, it was beautifully plated... The Rocoto Relleno, not knowing really what to expect aside from it having shaved angus beef in shoyu and potato foam, was a dish that pleasantly surprised my palate and left a very lasting impression. Meanwhile, my ultimate favorite part of this experience was the pot of Sea Urchin Rice that was utterly satiating with its rich creamy texture and subtle yet very delicious flavor. I knew then what heaven on earth meant. On a sweet note, we ended the best meal of my life thus far with Amador 70% for dessert. If you love chocolate, you will love this. Bravo, Maido! Lima is lucky to have you and I will be back just to have you again.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Gorgeous, fresh seafood display did not disappoint! Service was outstanding, the music was good and the vibe is incredibly chic, romantic and fun!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

I still have to understand how Maido managed to be in the top ten of Lima restaurants when there are so many better options. We went there for dinner, the place was crowded and very noisy, it was difficult to maintain a conversation above the...table. It is an average Nikei restaurant, the cusine is good but nothing exceptional, the presentation is sometime fancy, but I should ask for focusing more on the taste than on the look. I won't come back, it is not worth the price.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant is excellent! The staff is outstanding. The menu have so many great options that it is hard to choose. This is a must place to visit if you are in the area.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020

Clever decor. Delicious, beautifully presented food. Excellent service from friendly & efficient staff who helped with menu selection & wine choice too. Great cocktails. Yes, it is expensive but it is a special place. A lovely end to our holiday in Peru.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

We came to Lima to eat at Central and Maido. Pricewise, they came out exactly the same and at both we ordered the tasting menu and beverage pairings, but our experience at Maido was not exactly what we hoped for. The food at Maido is...Nikkei (a Japanese-Peruvian fusion of it), seafood quality was excellent and presentations were creative (sometimes a tad too molecular cooking/gimmicky which seemed a little 15 years ago but nonetheless very tasty). My 4 star ranking is because the food was great. I enjoyed my meal but I'm not sure I'm really going to remember it. What was definitely not as pleasant was the room - it's overcrowded, very hot and poorly ventilated and service can be slow, pacing patchy and disjointed - it pulled the ranking down a star. All 4 of us were drowsy at the table from the heat and the waiting between dishes. The beverage pairings were very disappointing - the wine choices were of inferior quality and we would have been better off ordering a bottle of wine or sake or cocktails (I don't think I liked a single one of the beverage pairings except the beer and the port-style Peruvian dessert wine served at the end, which says a lot because we are primarily wine drinkers with a focus on Chile & Argentinean wines and most of the beverages were wines from those areas). All of the flaws might be forgivable in an ordinary restaurant but given Maido's ranking and high price, the service and the experience of being there should really be flawless and it's a shame to serve such elevated food to diners jammed in like sardines at the tables waiting endlessly for each course. If you do decide to go, I would order off the menu (not the tasting menu) and pick your own beverages. FYI - when we checked in two guys just showed up without a reservation and were turned away - this is not some sushi house with open seating at the bar - you definitely need to reserve well in advance.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

Currently ranked #10 among the Top 50 Restaurants of the World, we arrived expecting a superb dining experience. We ordered the Menu Degustation and the food was fairly innovative (ice cream sandwich, really?!!) and a memorable taste experience, however the sommelier is weak, adding little...value to the wine selection process. The wine pairing is eclectic to the point that it lacks concept while the wine menu itself is massively disappointing. Net the total experience is lacking and unworthy of the ranking, even given the “Top 50” reputation for rewarding gimmick.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

Excellence is not enough to describe the experience. The service is 5 star. The chef is divine and the Nikkei cuisine is unique. Strongly recommend the reservation in advance.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Joelenecastaing
January 17, 2020|
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Response from 940leeann | Reviewed this property |
250 usd without wine pairing. Same with the restaurant Central in Lima. The experience is well worth it
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anh109
August 25, 2019|
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Response from RuthPasq | Reviewed this property |
Here is the price in soles peruanos. Experiencia Nikkei sin maridaje = S/. 525.00 Soles incluido impuestos. Experiencia Nikkei con maridaje = S/. 870.00 Soles incluido impuestos.
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Trip317815
August 24, 2019|
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Response from betousa428 | Reviewed this property |
The taxes are already included in the price. If the price in the menu is $118, the 18% tax is already included, and your final bill will be like: food $100, tax $18, total $118.
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