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“Exceptional and creative”

Central Restaurante
Ranked #22 of 2,652 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $140
Cuisines: Peruvian
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed April 21, 2013

What a great experience. The dishes contained elements from throughout Peru in ways sometimes subtle or more obvious and fun. We both thought it was cute the bread was cut and baked to resemble mushrooms and truffles on slate. A creme brule made with cheese from Urubamba went well with the lamb canelloni. The sweet bites at the end resembles snails but made with peruvian coco and tree bark. Delicious.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Central is a gastronomic experience. While it is expensive, particularly by Peruvian standards, it is worth it. We had the 10 course tasting menu and will admit right up front that we didn't necessarily like every dish. However, we enjoyed experimenting with all the different flavors and learning about Peruvian cuisine. As well, the service was great and the presentations of each dish were incredibly creative. If you have the tasting menu, make sure you pace yourself; the courses are fairly generous for a tasting menu. One little negative was that initially we were seated near the door and the area where they keep extra silverware, which felt isolated. When we asked to move to the wall with the bench seating, we were accommodated. The service got friendlier and friendlier as the meal went on. When we asked about the fruit in the dessert, we were told it was cherimoya. We said we were not familiar with it, and the waiter took the effort to bring one from the kitchen and then have it cut in half so we could see the inside. While this is a high-end restaurant, people dressed in all kinds of attire from t-shirts (seemed a little too casual) to dressy casual. All in all, we are glad we went to Central.

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4  Thank trvlquestions
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

This is a new absolutely must go place for any foodie that visits Lima!!. The place has this great view of the different areas of the kitchen and the service was superb. Me and my friend decided to share two appetizers and two entrees. The cheff was kind enough as to set individual services for each one of us still beautifully decorated (they look like eatable works of art to be honest!). The homemade table of breads with peruvian andean products including coca flour was both creative and delicious!. We had the line of scallops with chalaca and aji amarillo sauce and an additonal line of trout tartare. The entrees were superb as well with a delicious tagliatelle (homemade for sure, absolutely delicious flavor!) with a rabbit ragu that will keep haunting me in my dreams for being so flavorful and fresh.
The dessert sample given to finish such a great experience is delicious and helps you explore new peruvian flavors. This was certainly a great culinary experience for me and I will be back to taste the appealing degustation menu for sure!!

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3  Thank gmoscolp
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

I was blown away by the creativity of the kitchen team who we could see working at break neck speed in the open kitchen. Chef Virgilio came by a few times to check on us and he is utterly charming and friendly. The plates were works of art and the taste superb. It was one of the best meals we had in Lima with great service. The three bartenders know their stuff and the sommelier was very helpful. All four of us had a great time. Go for the tasting menu to get the full experience.
It will be my first stop back in Lima in September when I go back to Peru.

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2  Thank Travlingfoodie
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Everything was spectacular. The meal and its presentation was very sophisticated and the flavors were wonderful. It is one of the top 10 restaurants recommended by our hotel and we couldn't agree more. If you are in Miraflores area DO go!

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2  Thank Anne15
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