Hidden on a residential street a few blocks south of the Larcomar shopping center is one of Lima's hottest restaurants. The refurbished childhood home of chef Virgilio Martínez, it is now a chic, airy venue for his culinary talents. After years working in some of the best kitchens of Europe and Asia, Martínez returned to Peru to celebrate his country's biodiversity by creating memorable meals using fresh, often organic ingredients. Martínez and his wife, chef María
Pía Leon, change their menu every six months, but it always includes such local delicacies as corvina (a Pacific whitefish), arapaima (an Amazon fish), suckling pig, and kid stewed overnight. Eight- and 18-course menus take your taste buds on a journey from the coast to the Andes to the rain forest. Reserve at least two weeks in advance for dinner, one week for lunch.