Central is deserving of its hype. Admittedly, I went after watching the co-owner and head chef, Virgilio Martinez’s, episode on “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. It truly was an epic food experience I’ll never forget. Located in gorgeous Miraflores, Central is inconspicuous on the outside, but the inside of the restaurant is open and airy.
I tend to steer away from trendy spots simply because I always end up with high expectations that are horribly disappointed. Central did not disappoint. From the minute we were seated, we went on an Amazonian adventure through 19 courses of food.
front of the restaurant — total aesthetic goals
When this dish arrived, I was slightly bewildered by the (fake?) frozen fish heads like, “am I eating this?”. We didn’t — just the top part that looks like tortilla chips were meant to be eaten. This. Is. The. Thing. His food FOOLS you.
We saw Chef Martinez walk around tables to greet his guests while they were eating. He thanked people for coming but had to leave as he got closer to our table. Nevertheless, we took a photo with the back-of-house in the coolest kitchen ever!
At the end of the meal, you and your guest are each given a book full of animal or vegetable imprints of the main ingredients from each of the 19 dishes. We also got to keep the menu which was a cool touch!
You must make a reservation at least 4 months in advance (I believe they reserve up to 6 months in advance). Dinner books up fast, but I would reserve for lunch anyway. If you cannot snag a reservation, you can sit at the bar but you can’t order prefix. However, ask the hostess to let you know of any no-shows (we did just that and snagged a table!)