Claus Meyer Uses Llama Steaks to Put Bolivia on the Globe-Trotting Foodie Map

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Chicken hearts, llama steaks, and giant runner beans fill the menu at Claus Meyer’s latest eatery. The place, Gustu, serves a 15-course tasting menu priced at $135, showcasing the Noma chef’s dynamic approach to haute cuisine. While the tone is global, the influences are local and perhaps surprising—its located in La Paz, Bolivia, far from any of the world’s most hyped restaurants.

Meyer’s project aims to bring attention to Bolivia’s local ingredients and appeal to the Latin country’s growing middle class. Meyer told the Guardian, “I believe in the power of food to change things.” Gusto, located in the de facto capital of La Paz, aims to highlight indigenous cooking, elevate its diverse vegetables, and give high-rolling foodies a new must-visit destination.

While most covers will undoubtedly go to the 1%, rest assured that the restaurant has a conscious—all profits will be funneled into a non-profit foundation dedicated to training a new generation of Bolivian restaurant professionals. For those that just want a taste of La Paz’s new hotspot—which, experts suggest, has the potential to be on the the top three restaurants in Latin America—dishes start at a calm cost of $7.

[via Guardian]

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