One of the last things I did before leaving the UK was to eat at Chotto Matte, a restaurant I disliked with venom and intensity which claimed to marry Peruvian and Japanese flavours. Considering that I was probably being a bitch to Peruvian/Japanese food in general, I made it my mission to try some Japanese/Peruvian food while I was here. I was recommended so many fabulous sounding places, including two which really stood out for me: Maido and Osaka. We’re going to try to get a reservation at Maido before our late flight to New York tomorrow, because sadly we weren’t able to go yesterday.
Instead we went to Edo Sushi Bar, a place in Miraflores that had been recommended to us by several people and confirmed in it’s superness by Tripadvisor.
We seemed to have stumbled into the Lima-version of Shoreditch. Lots of bars with exposed brickwork/stonework/unfinished furnishings lined the streets and we resisted holing up in one of then and having a few beers rather than feeling like we HAD to eat fusion.
I’m glad we pressed on, even though guiltily, at the end of the meal, I did say to Sam that Wasabi (a chain in the UK) would have been tastier. But yeh, yeh, I know-I’m a heathen.
I ordered off menu and got some pretty standard avocado maki rolls. A bowl of brown fried rice and vegetables with lime was 200 times more edible than a similar dish we got at Chotto Matte (and no lotus root-WIN!). A sesame cucumber salad lacked punch, and other than the crunch of the sesame seeds, didn’t taste like sesame at all.
Sam’s crab tsuke maki (crab rolls filled with tempura crab, seaweed and topped with Cerviche) was an interesting, if chewy combination. I loved the addition of the marinated, limey onions and coriander on top of the rolls and sneakily added it to my brown rice when Sam wasn’t looking .
My maracuya sour (pisco sour but flavoured with passionfruit instead) was laden with alcohol (fab) but also tasted a bit like jam.
Overall, hoping that Maido will be amazing, otherwise I feel as though I’m done trying to make this japan-fusion thing work. The Chinese fusion in Peru (Chifa) is fabulous and hopefully will come to England soon and replace all these weird, Japanese places. Looking at you, every other restaurant in Soho…