Another success for Peruvian gastronomy: "Chicha" in the prestigious Michelin Guide
Virgilio Martínez, propietario de Central y embajador de la Mar
Peru's multi-award winning cuisine continues to garner recognition: this time it was Germany's "Chicha" restaurant that placed the Peruvian flag at the highest levels of European cuisine. This benchmark of Peruvian gastronomy in Germany won a place in the prestigious Michelin Guide, in the Bib Gourmands category, which includes various types of establishments.
Competition is fierce, and this category includes real powerhouses with specialties ranging from traditional German cuisine to modern and international influences, including meat stews and even vegetarian dishes. One thing they all have in common is the use of seasonal produce and with special attention to sustainability.
Bib Gourmands convey a clear message: good food accessible to everyone. So a 3-course menu can be obtained for a maximum of 37 euros in each award-winning restaurant.
Getting to know Chicha
The restaurant is located in the Neukölln district of Berlin and opened its doors in the German capital in October 2015. Since then its modern proposal has attracted a cosmopolitan public that characterizes this Berlin neighborhood.
Chicha celebrates the vast culinary diversity of Peru: from cebiche, causa (layered mashed potato), to aji de gallina (creamy chicken) and anticuchos de corazón (grilled heart skewers). It is worth mentioning that its dishes stand out for the freshness of their ingredients, especially when it comes to fish and seafood. The experience it offers also revolves around the fact that diners can taste the delights of a distant country while also enjoying the Peruvian national cocktail: Pisco Sour.
Owner Robert Peveling-Oberhag fell in love with Peruvian cuisine in 2013 during his 3-month stay in Peru. Chef de cuisine - and partner - Simón Castro Mendoza is from Peru and studied at the Sheraton Hotel.
It is not the first time that this restaurant has featured for its quality: in 2018, Chicha was recognized by the Gault & Millau guide as the best Peruvian restaurant in Germany, with 14 points. This is why the demanding magazine awarded Chicha a "chef's hat".