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“Overated”

Central Restaurante
Ranked #32 of 2,838 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$140
Cuisines: Peruvian
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We went to Central Restaurant with high expectations for a memorable evening given the very favorable reviews, and chosen as the best restaurant in Peru and supposedly one of the " very best in the world".
Frankly disappointing. Reservations are necessary to be made well in advance and which is quite unusual in this city, not for one you wish to go, but for when they have the space. Their is only a 10 minute grace period if you are delayed and pat that time your reservation is cancelled. We arrived on time and were ushered to our table, but it was was not ready, although the restaurant was only half full.
We ordered a wine from the list but supposedly the last bottle had been served that evening.
The food was nicely served with lots of decor but not particularly well accomplished. My husband ordered a "foie gras tart" which was too sweet and with lots of ingredients but it was hard to find the foie.
I ordered lacquered shrimp with no special distinction. Our main dishes, of short ribs for my husband and fish for myself, were alright.
The chocolate desert would have been ok with the chocolate ice cream which was very good. The rest of the ingredients on the plate served only as decor.
The breads served with two different types of butter were delicious.
In sum, we found it to be very pretentious, using lots of supposedly native ingredients that did not do much for flavor in most cases

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Thank Ines Y
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Malena_Martinez, General Manager at Central Restaurante, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Dear Ines:

We regret that we failed to provide you with a pleasantly memorable experience, and we apologize that your table was not properly prepared. Please note that we do allow a 15-minute grace period for reservations in case an unforeseen circumstance arises in which it isn't possible to inform us of a late arrival. It is also a pity that our contemporary cuisine of our country wasn't to your liking. We appreciate your comments which help us to improve.

KInd regards,
Malena Martinez
General Manager

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

In a most relaxed way this restaurant offers you a high quality plates with a modern touch.
You can see the the kitchen and the prices are according. The service in very good.

1  Thank Pilar18_11
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We came here after reading about it in a magazine as one of the top restaurants in the world. The food here was very interesting. We ordered the 8 course set meal, which was quite fun to try and cost us 255 solis a person. We enjoyed the seafood and dessert in particular, as well as their breads (sweet potato, coca leaves, or tuna fruit). The portions are incredibly tiny, but you leave satisfied, if not overly full.

The service was impeccable, and the waiters were polite, charming, and explained our food (since we had no idea what we were eating). The ambience is lovely and like a museum/market/library - vials of ingredients, and books on cooking, peru ecology, and art/design. There's a large glass wall so you can see the chefs prepare the food.

Reserve here at least a month ahead since it's popular.

While we enjoyed our dinner greatly, I probably would not come back a second time unless for a very special occasion simply for the price; however, I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Lima since it's a once in a lifetime experience

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1  Thank Natalie U
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

My family and I had only one night in Lima and we chose Central for dinner. We had to pick between Central and Astrid y Gaston. We were not disappointed. I always enjoy experiencing the different presentation styles in which the local cuisine is offered. Each of the 17 courses was special in its own way. The quality of the food as well as the service was exceptional. After the meal we were led into the kitchen and met the chef. All in all it was a truly great experience that I would highly recommend.

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Thank hounds75
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Cannot fault this resturant
The staff were excellent - from the start they changed our table as we did not like the one allocated - ask for a table by the window overlooking the kitchen - to all the waiting staff who were knowledgeable of the menu and was pleased to be able to go into the kitchen to applaud the chefs personally
The food was creative and we did not think too fussy or contrived. They deserve credit for using and naming the local produce used.
Ambiance - we were there for lunch - calm and unobtrusive
Looking forward to visiting their establishment in London
With thanks to all the staff who made this a memorable visit

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Thank Loraine W
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