A new exotic venue on Lake Geneva

Announcement: Mandarin Oriental, Geneva is delighted to announce the opening of our new restaurant “Yakumanka by Gastón Acurio” in Spring 2019. Please be advised that in preparation of this exciting launch, Café Calla will be closed as of 6 February 2019. In the interim, breakfast will be served at Rasoi.

Yakumanka is a Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Geneva serving authentic cuisine centred around fine seafood.

Our new restaurant is a traditional cevicheria, headed by Chef César Bellido, Gaston Acurio's right-hand man, who worked with him at the celebrated Astrid y Gaston restaurant, and was involved in opening the Yakumanka restaurant in Barcelona in 2017.

An open kitchen with a long bar where our chefs prepare ceviches and tiraditos forms the heart of the restaurant. The bar offering a wide selection of pisco-based cocktails, has a warm and relaxed ambiance, with decor by designer Morendi Arcela, reminiscent of an authentic Peruvian cevicheria. The simple, marine-style elements of wood or rope are inspired by the popular local restaurants of Peru.

About the Chef

Born in Lima in 1967, Gastón Acurio is a chef, an author, a businessman and an ambassador of Peruvian gastronomy. After completing a Cordon Bleu course in Paris, where he met his future wife, Astrid Gutsche, a German pastry chef, he returned to his home country in 1994. There, they opened their restaurant – Astrid y Gaston – which was a roaring success. They went on to open establishments in many other countries in Latin America and in various cities such as San Francisco, Miami, Doha, Barcelona and Paris.  In 2013, their restaurant was voted Best Restaurant in Latin America by 50 Best Restaurants. The chef now has more than forty restaurants under his wing, offering a wide range of gastronomic experiences – from haute cuisine to fast food. "He's added a continent to the culinary world map", said Alain Ducasse. In 2018, Acurio was presented with the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award by World’s 50 Best Restaurants, recognising his professional career and contribution to global cuisine.

The chef's relationship with the Mandarin Oriental group began in March 2014 with the "La Mar by Gaston Acurio" restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Peruvian Cuisine

Menu highlights

The land of the Incas serves up a generous range of unique ingredients, with plentiful Japanese, Spanish and Chinese influences due to immigration. The menu includes ceviches – specialities based on marinated raw fish – and tiraditos – finely sliced raw fish subtly seasoned at the time of serving. The culinary journey continues with anticuchos – meat or fish skewers – a popular version of Peruvian street food. Colourful, healthy and tasty, Peruvian cuisine offers something to tempt all palates.