Virgilio Martínez, the chef behind the acclaimed Central restaurant in Lima, Peru is to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong in July 2018, his first foray into Asia.
Ichu Peruwill be a relaxed bistro-style eatery, serving Peruvian comfort food. "We want guests to feel as though they have been to Peru and experienced local comfort food," says Martinez. "Ichu will celebrate Peru’s no-fuss dining culture with a menu that showcases traditional local ingredients and cooking techniques."
The Joyce Wang-designed restaurant will have 80 covers inside, as well as a further 85 on an outdoor terrace, plus there will be a bar area for casual dining. Martinez has relocated three of his trusted team to Hong Kong, including chef Sang Jeong.
The entrance at Ichu
Central, which will close in June before being relocated to a new site in Lima, currently sits at number five on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and has topped the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list three times.
The pair have also recently opened a new restaurant, Mil, high in the Peruvian Andes, serving a menu exploring the foods of different altitudes, informed by Mater Iniciativa's research – the name Ichu actually derives from an Andean plant.