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“Second visit; not so great”
Review of Astrid & Gaston

Astrid & Gaston
Ranked #42 of 2,735 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Peruvian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Isidro
Description: Peruvian restaurant where creativity, quality, integration and commitment converge. Tasting menu is only served from 13:00 to 14:30 and from 19:00 to 22:30
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Our first trip to A&G was entirely by chance about a year ago, and we were blown away by the food, service, and overall creativity. This time, although there's nothing to point out to complain about, there was little to savour or share with friends, either.

The food was solid, though not quite remarkable. Prices are high compared to competitors, and seemingly only because of the Top 50 fame. There's something missing in the flavour/texture experience to justify $25 for a four-bite appetizer. The desserts, however, were very much the opposite. Portions are similarly petite, but there's a flair and dash of the unexpected that you hope for. Imagine basil ice cream and tomato apple tart.

Overall, still a great place to try if you're a foodie or curious about the top end of Peruvian cuisine. The service is friendly and even if the food doesn't amaze you, you certainly won't be disappointed either.

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1  Thank mjeppesen
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Peruvian food is already well known in S. America for it's greatness - this is among the best of the best.

My wife and I had the Pisco Sour, Lomo Saltado (amazing done, even the simple potatoes tasted heavenly), Chincamorada, cocktails etc.

Did not pre-book a place at a table, sat at the bar top, and that's exactly what made it memorable, the waiters and bartenders behind the counter top were simply magnificent in customer service.

Oh, and the freshly plucked mint leaf from the pot into the mojito.....

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Thank Neil T
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This reataurant has been in Miraflores since 1985.
gaston is a greate chef.
Astrid is a greate pastry maker.
she is famouse for the chocolate she uses.

1  Thank SILVINA Y
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is the jewel of all Peruvian restaurants! Regardless of its ranking among the worlds top 50 restaurants and the fact that its owner is Gaston Acurio (more popular in Peru than the president himself!) this is simply a place that the demanding gourmand has to visit to complete a gastronomical experience in Lima! The food, service and experience are simply hard to match, anywhere.
I suggest relaxing first in the bar area and having the barman recommend you one of so many Pisco based drinks. Dry Martini drinker may want to try the Piloto, a Vermouth-Pisco concoction. Here the Maitre D will gently and skillfully provoke your senses as he describes “his favorites”.
Once at the table you will instantly enjoy the intimate ambience, refined yet not overwhelming nor stiff. The breadbasket and the wine list are already a good indication of what is to follow. The dishes are mostly Peruvian, though I wouldn’t describe them as classics. Gaston manages superbly to highlight the freshness and natural aromas of Peru’s richest ingredient base, yet provides a twist that keep the menu interesting and contemporary. When in season try the sea urchin ceviche! It’s the most tender yet intense ocean breeze that will have tingled your tongue! And as if this wasn’t enough, the desserts will knock you off your feet! Try the raspberry, lucuma with a foam of crème brulee all covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate! Heavenly!

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Thank Zoltan L
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Being a “local”, I must have been to Astrid & Gastón at least 30 times in the past. Sadly, my last visit was just that, the last.

Astrid & Gastón used to be a great restaurant, with a very ample menu, reasonable (although never cheap) prices, fantastic ambiance and excellent drinks and service. Even, sometimes, delightful Astrid would flit from table to table chatting-up customers, which was a great plus

My last visit to Astrid & Gastón was a huge disappointment. The place is still in the old great locale (an old early-Republic house turned into a very tasteful restaurant), and the drinks and service were up to their usual, and very high, standards. However, the menu has now been reduced to just two pages, the descriptions of the dishes seem to have been written by somebody undergoing an inspiration crisis at the time and the prices are now sky high by Lima, Peru, standards, and, while the food was very much OK, the portions were “haute-cuisine” size ( you know what I mean …..)

I guess that, as part of his growing food empire and international fame, Gastón Acurio has turned this, which was his first, and “flagship”, restaurant into something oriented mostly towards the “tourist trade”, with the result that there are now many other places in Lima which offer just as good, or even better, food, in charming locales, with much more grace and at much better prices.

I understand that Astrid & Gaston is going to be moved to a different place, with the present locale being turned into a “tapas” restaurant. I sincerely hope that, with the move, Astrid & Gastón will recover the essence of what it once was and, if so, I would return again, but definitely not as it is now.

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