I can't believe I am just getting around to review Central Restaurante in Lima. They were voted one of the best 50 restaurants in the world, so we definitely had to check it out when we were there in November. I should start this review off by giving a small disclaimer...over the last few years of traveling I have really grown to dislike large tasting menus. I have trouble eating every dish because I get full easily and I don't particularly like a lot of the textures these meals usually come with (lots of foams and milky sauces usually). I skipped out on the last few dishes at both French Laundry in Napa and Test Kitchen in Cape Town (this literally brings tears to my eyes). On the other hand, my husband loves tasting menus so we end up trying them a decent amount of times.
The tasting menu at Central is very unique in that it is based on food items taken from different elevations. You start below sea level and head up to above sea level. I found this approach to be really interesting.
The dishes at Central were so, so beautiful plated. Some of the most beautiful dishes I have ever seen. They all looked very earthy.
While I really enjoyed some of the dishes, I didn't find anything to be extremely spectacular. Everything tasted good, but I didn't leave the restaurant wowed by any particular dish.
On the other hand, the service was fantastic and we did enjoy the experience. While the overall meal was fantastic, I felt that the food left a little to be desired.
They have the option to not do a tasting menu at Central and I would definitely do that next time. While I enjoyed the experience, I definitely liked the food at Maido in Lima better. What are your thoughts on tasting menus? Do you love them? Hate them?