Japanese and Peruvian may sound like a strange combination, but the Japanese have a long history in Peru including a controversial turn in the Peruvian Presidency. There are no shortage of breathless write-ups about Maido, so it was no surprise that it was good. But I wasn't prepared for it to be showstopping incredible and truly one of the best meal of my life. Don't miss it if your travels take you to Lima!
When you reserve your table, you can select the 15-course Nikkei Experience, which I highly recommend. At current exchange rates (1 sole=0.3 USD), it's about $150. Each course is like an exquisite gift presented to you by the gracious waitstaff. The dishes are plated in such a stunning way with a variety of textures and natural elements to make everyone ooh and ahh.
Of the 15 dishes, there were perhaps only two or three that were anything other than flat out amazing. River snails and sachapapa sobe were fine but nothing compared to the swoon-worthy other dishes.
The gyoza cuy (guinea pig dumpling!) served in its own little cast iron skillet was delicate and bursting with flavor. The squid and scallops with chia sushi course was simple highlighting the tender and very fresh seafood. And the sweetbreads...be still, my heart! Ever since I fell in love with the heavenly sweetbreads at NYC's Casa Mono, I've been trying to find their equal to no avail. Turns out they were awaiting me at Maido in a single rich and creamy bite.
|Waygu Beef Shortrib with Fried Rice and Egg|
Every aspect of our exeperience was top-notch. The setting is airy and modern without being cold. The service is attentive and friendly. Most importantly, the Nikkei Experience is well worth the splurge, and while visually stunning, it never sacrifices taste for beauty.
Calle San Martin 399