My mother, a native Peruvian, heard of Nauta via other expats long before I considered venturing out to Kastanienallee. My expectations were filled with anticipation at the prospect of finally sampling one of my favorite foods — Nikkei. The relaxed atmosphere — subtle lighting and a modular wood-steel interior — is enhanced by the grand hospitality of chef and owner Juan Danilo. He exudes an intoxicating pride and joy at his craft and roots; eager for every guest to taste the three influences he fuses together: traditional Peruvian, clean Japanese, and earthy Amazonian ingredients. It’s worth noting that those ingredients are the barometer of how inventive and rich the dishes become. On the menu — made up of small plates to share — I discovered Peruvian staples with beautiful tropical or spicy twists. The Scallops Tiradito (a Carpaccio-esque form of Ceviche) and the warm Pulpo Ceviche left me wanting to keep on tasting. The evening was topped off by more than one Pisco Sour (lime or mango), and the refreshing Chilcanos are a must try. (Text: Oliver Kann / Photos: Sven Hausherr)

Nauta, Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue-Sat 18.30-23h, Sun 10-16h

Oliver Kann, a native Berliner, lives in Kreuzberg with his Swedish wife and two kids. He runs his own creative consulting agency, 1kg, and is about to launch Sardin, an ecocentric e-commerce platform that challenges the fashion industry by pushing an eco-agenda to make sustainable products more accessible. He loves music and ceviche.