La Canasta: A good breakfast - Un bon p'tit-dej'
Breakfast very tasty about 6 soles (2 USD). The bread and some pastries are very tasty here. A bit awkward with the service (ask to see the portions of butter and marmelade they will give you before ordering : they try to make you pay if you want some more and often give you few...)
P'tit dej bien goutu pour pas cher (6 soles). Le pain et les croissants valent le detour. Service un peu gauche (demandez a voir les portions de beurre et de confiture avant d'etre servis : ils font payer les supplements et ne donnent pas grand chose au debut)
El Jayari: El Jayari
This place is named after a typical dish from Arequipa. The "jayari" (quechua voice of "the caller") is a light dish with lots of chili and "rocoto" (the Peruvian red hot chili pepper). It worked like an appetizer for the second dish and the drink (that's why it is "the caller").
In this place you will not only find different types of jayari, but also other typical Arequipan dishes like:
- pastel de papa (cake of potatoes)
- ocopa (baked potatoes with a sauce of cheese, onion, olive, red hot chili pepper and a boiled egg)
- Rocoto relleno (red hot chili peppers boiled and baked stuffed with meat, potatoes and milk, with cheese all over it)
- Adobo (pork marinated with chicha de jora and other herbs. Chicha de jora is a fermentated drink from corn)
- Chupe de camarones (a milk soup with shrimp, delicious!)
Favorite Dish: I loved the rocoto relleno. Generally I love anything full of chili!
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La Posada del Puente Restaurant: La Posada del Puente Restaurant
This restaurant, one of the fanciest in town, belongs to La Posada del Puente hotel, but it is open to all public. It has a great location (next to river Chili, with an outstanding view of Misti volcano), its menu is variated (you can find from local dishes like chupe de camarones and queso helado to vegetarian and international food) and its ambiance is neat, with half of the tables under roof and the other half in the gardens, next to the river. At night, candles are lighted up in all tables and a pianoman performs during the weekends.
Favorite Dish: It prepares the most delicious "queso helado" that I've tried. "Queso helado" is a typical Arequipean dessert consisting of iced milk previosly boiled and seasoned with vanilla, some coconut and a yolk. It's decorated with cinammon
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Sol de Mayo: local specialties
Though I was a bit disappointed at how fancy this place was, it still is a locals' place. It's just a special occasions sort of place and, in fact, there was a wedding reception just finishing up as we got there! It has a lovely outdoor garden and many rooms, which makes it great for large functions. It's certainly one of the nicest places I've been to in South America.
Favorite Dish: They have a wide range of local specialties but since we got there as it closed, the chef was only willing to make us something quick. I had the lechon or baby suckling pig. It was a bit pricey but it was perhaps the finest meat I have on the trip to Peru plus REAL vegetables, a rarity in low end places.
Ary Quepay: more great local foods
This was a cozy place with live music and though full of tourists, the food was very authentic, with varied local specialties, and not too expensive.
Favorite Dish: Adobe was a great pork stew with a vinegary sauce that sounds weird but actually very tasty.
Govinda: vegetarian fare
Pleasant alternative eating with relaxed atmosphere and vegetarian food, a great departure from the more typical meat of fish dishes popular in Peru.
Favorite Dish: Papa a la huancaina is made with cold potatoes covered with a rich sauce made of egg and cheese. It's generally quite spicy and this one was served with some fried cheese on the side.
Plaza de Armas.
The arcades of the Plaza de Armas is a good place to enjoy local food, there are lot of restaurants to choose, some of them with local andean music. Great trout ceviche.
the dish of the house: chupe de camarones
we ate this dish at our friends house in Arequipa. This is a dish you have to eat at the people's home, not in a restaurant.
It is delicious !!!!!!!!!!!
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