Statera — Lima, Peru
The opening of Lima’s Restaurante Statera is a defining moment for Peruvian-Greek chef André Patsias, who cut his teeth in the kitchens of Quique Dacosta and Noma.
Located in the city’s chichi Miraflores neighbourhood, the 28-seat restaurant is inspired by the concept of balance and equilibrium, which is subtly revealed in the building’s architecture – a cool light-filled concrete oasis designed by local firm MD27 – through imposing exposed beams that pull double duty as planters overflowing with greenery. Lima-based Puna Studio, meanwhile, has made the most of the minimal space with mood-lit dark timber floors, custom-made walnut furnishings and a stand-out marble bar.
Behind this, the open kitchen buzzes with quiet efficiency as Patsias shows off the cuisine that’s made him the bearer for Peru’s new generation of chefs. As such, expect a series of well-executed, simple, honest dishes using unsung native ingredients gathered from far-flung corners of the country including the highlands and the Amazon rainforest.
Don’t miss out on Raw Sea, a pretty plate of Northern Peruvian sea lobster and scallops topped with Amazonian Chestnut; or Beef and Roots, beef sweetbreads served with arracacha root and drizzled with cacao nectar. §