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“fabulous - wish they would open one in SoCal!”
Review of Astrid & Gaston

Astrid & Gaston
Ranked #44 of 2,765 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Peruvian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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 May 20, 2013

We had read about Gaston Acurio and the restaurants that he and his wife Astrid have opened. Having made a reservation before we arrived in Lima, we were looking forward to our dinner at this Peruvian-fusion restaurant. We were not disappointed - all 5 of us greatly enjoyed our dinners. 3 or 4 of us ordered the Saltado Otonal, a seafood dish, while 1 or 2 ordered short ribs. (There are other great choices too.) Everyone was happy. We ordered a Peruvian wine to accompany dinner (we had already had Pisco sours elsewhere). The wines were a little on the high-priced side, with few lower-priced wines available. But our choice was good. They also offer on tap the relatively new craft beers from Barbarian in Lima.
As much as we enjoyed our food here, Astrid y Gaston was only our number two choice for the whole trip - the number one choice was Cebicheria La Mar in Lima (also a Gaston Acurio restaurant).

1  Thank upandaway99
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The original Astrid y Gaston was a must-try for us during a recent trip to Lima and other parts of Peru. If you want to experience the 17-course tasting menu, be sure to request it in advance when you make your reservation, as they only serve a set number of them each evening. Although my wife and I had reserved the tasting menu, we called the restaurant before our dinner to switch to a la carte service because her stomach had been bothering her from the previous days in the rainforest. The restaurant was amenable to that change, no problem. We ordered two appetizers, two entrees, one dessert and a bottle of wine (beer lovers: be sure to ask about Astrid y Gaston's impressive off-menu selection of Peruvian craft beers). That was more than enough food for two people (you'll also get an amuse bouche and petite fours). I feel like the full experience is in the tasting menu (there also is a five-course tasting option that anyone can order), so I'm hesitant to nitpick on the dishes we ordered. However, our fried fish app was neither hot nor crispy, and a goat entree was very rich and seemed to lack balance. This is still a fantastic restaurant I'd recommend to others and would be happy to go back to, but as the supposed 14th best in the world, it left a little something to be desired. Great service.

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Thank Evan B
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

My husband and I dined at Astrid y Gaston on our first night in Lima and were expecting a lot. Though we were unable to get the pre-fixe menu offered (despite having booked and requested it 6 months in advance), we had an amazing meal. We created our own pre-fixe menu by selecting 5 appetizers and 3 mains, and they were all tremendous.

Service was outstanding, and the food was incredibly good--every dish cooked to perfection with new and savory flavors and combinations to enjoy. The wine list was fantastic and also had a great range of prices available to suit most tastes.

We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend a meal here. If we were to return to Lima, this and Central would be our recommendations without reservation. Malabar was good, but not as impressive as Astrid y Gaston and Central, in our opinions.

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2  Thank Bill R
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

We walked into Astrid y Gaston around 7:15 on a Wed evening in May. All of the tables were booked, but they offered us a small table in the bar lounge area which was perfect for us. We had two excellent drink (best Chilcano in Lima). I had the Peking Cuy which was also excellent.

The service was prompt, friendly, and efficient. It's by no means cheap, but worth the price.

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Thank agthomas24
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Very fancy exotic dishes. Smallish to medium size portions. Service was excellent. Bread selections with toppings was amazing. The complimentary taster was just oddly interesting - rice patty covered with seewead spread, mayo dollops w flowers over a warm stone.
The sensitive sphere is a must try - uhhmazing!! Dish presentation perfect.

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Thank Mcardillo
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