82 posts by CopenhagenFoodie

Restaurant Statera brings french sauces to Lima

A small Maruviel bowl appeared at our table containing the most delicious sauce. It was the first time in 5 months that I had a sauce, not a salsa, not a stew or a chili but a classic french sauce. Something that I had missed for a while. Andre Patsiam left Central 2 years ago to start his own restaurant and in classic Peruvian style with lots of difficulties it took him 2 years to build and open Statera. Part of this time was spent travelling in Peru in search for amazing ingredients. ... Continue Reading

Chilean tapas at Restaurant 040 in Santiago

  A “popsicle” was presented, but the menu said sushi. I thought to myself they really are inspired by the molecular kitchen from Spain. Biting in to it I knew that I was in for a treat.   In the basement of a hotel in the hipster area Bellavista in Santiago lies Restaurant 040. It is ran by Sergio Urbano and Raul Yanez. Both chefs have worked at several European restaurants including El Bulli having therefore learned the molecular cuisine from the masters.  The menu ... Continue Reading

Central: building for the future

The future, Mater Iniciativa and Pia. These 3 words sum up the reason for Central moving from their old location in Miraflores to Barranco.   The old Restaurant Central was located in a residential building in Miraflores with buildings surrounding it completely and the restaurants ambitions had outgrown the space a long time ago and the “cramped building” left little room for inspiration or to be creative. The new building houses 3 different facilities. Restaurant Central, ... Continue Reading

Borago: The most underrated restaurant in Latin America

Confused, happy, surprised, amazed and happy again. These are just a few of my emotions I had during and after my meal at Borago in Santiago. I had flown from Lima to Santiago for a gourmet weekend and Borago was the reason I chose Santiago.   Having been open for 13 years Borago is not a new restaurant despite the fact that it is just in the last few years that the people outside Latin America have come to know Borago. The focus of the restaurant is to display and preserve indigen... Continue Reading

A new local favorite – brunch at Mo Bistro

Yuca, brown butter, evoke mushrooms, pickled onions and kimchi. This was some the ingredients of the best rosti I have ever tried and it was a perfect example of the style of cooking at Mo Bistro. Innovative, delicious and comforting all at the same time. Mo Bistro was a popular brunch place in Barranco but the space was very small so Matias decided to move the restaurant to a bigger space in San Isidro. I have to say I think that it was a smart move as the new restaurant is cool, contempo... Continue Reading

It’s all about the details at Restaurant IK

I looked up as a direct spot over our table increased in strength and just 5 seconds later the first 2 snacks were placed on our table. Small bite size snacks where one of them were to be eaten with tweezers. At this point I thought to myself “they think of the little things at IK” and my expectations for the evening increased.   The story of Restaurant IK is one of drama and tragedy. Just weeks before it officially opened the owner and chef Ivan Kisic died in a tragic accident ... Continue Reading

A restaurant with a greater purpose – The Mil experience

When you open a gourmet restaurant that seats just 20 people at a site located at 3400m above the sea level an hour flight from a big city followed by more than an hour drive out of which a big part is in dirt roads there must be a greater meaning to it all. For chef Virgilio Martinez there is a greater purpose to opening Restaurant Mil at Moray. The restaurant is located overlooking the ruins of Moray which is the site where the incas experimented with the effect of different altitudes on ... Continue Reading

Peruvian comfort food with a twist at Cosme

With 3 restaurants among the Worlds 50 Best restaurants Lima is an amazing fine dining destination. What most travelers don’t know about is the vast array of different cuisines represented in Lima and the additional series of restaurants that in Europe would be rated with a Michelin star or a Bib Gourmand.   Cosme is one these restaurants which I first dined at last week. James Berckemeyer who is the owner and head chef has a resume includes series of top restaurants in Spain ... Continue Reading

Simplicity at Estela

Last year I spent my birthday with my wife at Estela and had a great evening. This year I also spent it in New York again it seemed obvious to return to Estela. What can I say I like traditions. The restaurant is one of the few casual restaurants that have had success on The Worlds 50 Best list. From the street it is like any other New York restaurant with a narrow entrance leading you upstairs. The restaurant is dominated by a big bar, closely located tables and loud background music ... Continue Reading

Innovative “Nordic Italian” fusion cooking at Relæ

In a beaten down (now trendy) street of Nørrebro in Copenhagen Relæ opened their doors in the middel of the financial crisis as a restaurant serving good quality food dominanted by vegetables at low cost. Both are still true today. Relæ serves two menues a small 4 course and a larger 8 course menu. From a cost perspektiver the 8 course menu offers a very cost attractive option and is definently the way to go. A small snack to start with. A baked and then deepfried Jerusalem ... Continue Reading