Maido Cocina Nikkei, Lima, 4/21/16

Exterior
Exterior

A medium sized place located on the second floor of a modern corner building, Maido’s main decoration is long ropes dangling from the second floor ceiling. They make an interesting visual affect but also provide a sound buffering to an otherwise set of hard surfaces including lots of mirrors and an increasing volume of music as the night goes on. Upstairs is decorated with tons of framed write ups and accolades the chef and restaurant have obtained, which you can admire on your way to the bathroom. The restaurant offers a Peruvian-Japanese fusion style of food and we pre-ordered The Experience which is a 15 course menu. They also have a sushi bar with seats and a regular bar, but there were no seats by it. Service was a little spotty but friendly.  

ropes from second floor
ropes from second floor
table set up
table set up
sushi bar
sushi bar
side bar
side bar
menu cover
menu cover
sparkler
sparkler
Frankie thought the wet rags were a nice touch
Frankie thought the wet rags were a nice touch
dining room
dining room

The menu started with snacks which were fun. How can you go wrong with crispy chicken skin?

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Snacks: Crispy chicken skin, pachikay sauce, rice senbei, regional sausage, roasted plantain, Sachatomate emulsion
chicken skin
chicken skin

 

Next was an Amazonian snail that was presented in a giant shell and flavored with cilantro, chili and lime. It was great.

Churos: River snails, chalaca, dale dale foam
Churos: River snails, chalaca, dale dale foam
shell
shell

 

The cebiche had some corn that added grit, too much mayo taste, something really tart and was semi frozen. I’d call it ok.

Lapas cebiche: Chullpi corn, lapas, avocado, aji amarillo leche de tigre
Lapas cebiche: Chullpi corn, lapas, avocado, aji amarillo leche de tigre
Frankie took a look
Frankie took a look

 

The sandwich was a delicately fried fish on a steamed bun.  Paiche is a very firm fish from the Amazon.

Paiche sandwich: Steamed bun, crispy paiche, lulo criolla
Paiche sandwich: Steamed bun, crispy paiche, lulo criolla
another view
another view

 

The Japanese dumpling was a little gummy in the center but the edge was nicely crisp. It was easy to hold and tasty.

Gyoza cuy: Gyoza cuy, amazonic ponzu
Gyoza cuy: Gyoza cuy, amazonic ponzu
underneath
underneath

 

The sushi was nicely accented with the crunch of the leaves on the side. There was a slight bit of spice and tons of flavor in both the squid and scallop piece.

Sushi - sea: Squid - scallops with chia
Sushi – sea: Squid – scallops with chia
close up
close up
close up
close up

 

The next dish had yucca sliced to look like noodles to accompany the fish. It was mild but fun textures.

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Amazonic cebiche: River prawns, pejerrey, kikkei leche de tigre, Charapita, chonta, fariña
close up
close up
Frankie climbed the rock
Frankie climbed the rock

 

The pork belly was with yucca and ended up being like a pork and stuffing with a sweet gravy. It was fun to eat but not the amount flavor you would expect.

Pork belly stew with yuca, mishquina, crispy pork skin, ramen reduction, cocona
Pork belly stew with yuca, mishquina, crispy pork skin, ramen reduction, cocona
close up
close up
inside
inside

 

The crab was served with sweet potatoes and clams and garlic. It was good.

Sacha soba: Sachapapa soba, vongoles, crab
Sacha soba: Sachapapa soba, vongoles, crab
close up
close up
wine
wine
wine back
wine back

 

The sweetbread was charred by flame at the table and served with a marinated piece of beef and egg that came out of the kitchen on a sizzling platter. The beef had a nice grilled taste and the sweetbread was also very good. A stand out course.

torched at the table
torched at the table
Sushi-earth: A lo pobre - sweetbreads
Sushi-earth: A lo pobre – sweetbreads
Frankie checked to make sure the fire was out
Frankie checked to make sure the fire was out

 

The avocado cream was plated with a small spatula for eating which worked well for the dish. It came with membrillo which is known to me as quince and was a pretty orange color and perfectly sweet. The avocado was a bit too creamed for my tastes whereas the beans were barely cooked. The crispy crackers with the dish were nice but it wasn’t a great success.

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Regional beans: Avocado cream, cilantro, regional beans, ponzu gel, crispy quinoa, coffee crumble
as plated
as plated
interesting utensil for the dish
interesting utensil for the dish

 

The black cod with mashed potatoes was served with shaved chestnuts on top. A winner here! The chestnuts were incredible and the fish had been slightly caramelized which just loaded it with flavor as well as being really attractive.

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Gindara: Gindara, miso, fermented casho, bahuaja nuts, sangre de toro potato cream
as plated
as plated
Frankie says, "Where'd it go?"
Frankie says, “Where’d it go?”

 

The short rib was served with a rice cannoli and egg yolk which worked great together. The beef was sweet and tender – another winner here.

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Short rib: Wagyu short rib – 50 hours, egg yolk, cecina fried rice, amazonic chilli
as plated
as plated
Frankie wanted to pose with the short rib
Frankie wanted to pose with the short rib

 

A cocoa pod housed the first dessert that also had some fruit ice cream and a lot of chocolate goo with heavily toasted nuts as well as cocoa powder and other unknowns that all worked together nicely.

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Cacao: Amador cacao – piura – 70%, yuzu, shica shica ice cream, mochis, bahuaja nuts, cacao nibs
underneath
underneath
Frankie thought this could be a boat for her
Frankie thought this could be a boat for her

 

The second dessert was plantain ice cream, tapioca and rice milk.  It was a surprisingly fun combination and a great way to end the meal.

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Maduro: Plantain ice cream with shoyu, camu camu and taperiba tapioca, crispy coconut and coconut water Jelly, rice milk
another view
another view
Frankie likes anything with milk
Frankie likes anything with milk
on the walls uptairs
on the walls uptairs
upstairs
upstairs
waiter
Deyvis,  our waiter
Frankie hates an empty glass
Frankie hates an empty glass

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