The Chinese influence is one of the factors (along with Spanish and Inca cuisine) which make Peruvian food so good. So it made sense to try out a 'Chifan' (literally 'eat rice') restaurant (as all Chinese restaurants in Peru are dubbed).
Chifa Sipan was only a short walk from our apartment, so very convenient. The atmosphere was noisy, A TV was on in the background (we thought to discourage Peruvian Flute bands from panhandling!).
We ate chicken, duck and fried dim sim dishes, accompanied by fried rice. All were tasty and filling and also keenly priced.
We liked it enough to come back a 2nd time during our stay.
Conveniently, one can read the menu on the window!
The sign attracted us. We could choose from, well, pretty much anything! Whilst we avoided pizza, we stuck to the local dishes.
As always in Peru, the Quinoa soup was delicious, hearty and warm on a cold night.
They do a couple of different versions of cuy here too (the roasted one is better than the deep fried variety). This is a pretty good place to try out your first guinea pig!
Service is smart, though the tables are close together.
Overall good value and tasty.
And you can get your Laundry done!!
We were walking down from San Blas towards Plaza de Armas, and a couple of blocks from San Blas Square we spotted the ‘TIKA Bistro Gourmet’ in a small backyard. There were a couple of tables outside, but it was too hot in the midday heat and we ended up inside the restaurant.
The specialty of the restaurant are dishes made from local ingredients – and combined with Asian flavours! It sounded a little weird, but the food was really tasty. We had a chicken dish with rice and a spicy Asian sauce... You must try their coca tea (‘mate de coca’), besides coca leaves it also contains lemon and lots of honey. Very nice for a sweet tooth like me…
Melody´s is a tiny place just started 2 months ago, and run solely by it´s owner & chef Melody. You can tell Melody is quite an accomplished chef, most unassuming, sweet, pleasant and meticulous, starting out on her own, following her parent´s footsteps - both are chefs.
It has a limited menu of appitizers, mexican and curry dishes (Indian & Thai), and drinks (hot drinks, fruit juices, lassy). The place is very modestly decorated. It only has 4 small tables and a counter against one wall that serves as her work area. Hi-fi music from Bon Jovi and Cat Stevens played the two times we were there.
Since there are only 4 tables, your best bet is to go during non-peak hours, and/or be there when you´re not in a rush to eat. Order and leisurely spend time with an appetizer or a delicious fruit drink, listen to music while watching how focused Melody is as she goes about preparing your (custom ordered) meal so carefully and meticulously for you. As the only person running the place, I imagine she may not be able to accommodate a full house (of diners). Maybe, she´ll have to start taking reservations soon.
Favorite Dish: On our first visit, we had Indian-Hindu (vegetarian) curry and ChickenTikka curry ... after a glass each of the most luxuriously delicious thick mango lassy ... made from fresh mango (that Melody carves up to make it). We had the choice of spicyness - hot, medium or mild. I picked medium and my wife picked mild. She uses fresh red chili pepper to spicy it accordingly.
On our next visit, we had Thai red prawn curry and Thai lemon grass (vegetarian) curry ... after a glass each of similarly delicious thick lucuma lassy. I can understand if some would just go there for the fresh fruit juice-lassy ... and be done. The curry dishes were presented-served (as usual) like a work of art (see pictures).
What makes me rate the curries so highly ? I now live near Vancouver, BC, but I was born and raised in Singapore. So, I´ve had very discriminating tastes in curries, from the Singaporean, Malaysians, Indonesians, Thai, Sri Lankan, Northern & Southern Indian curries - cuisines, etc.. Even in my travels to Hong Kong, I know which Indian restaurants there serve great Indian cuisines. The curries at Melody´s is something to write home about !
Too bad we only had 2 days in Cuzco !
(Sorry, we didn´t have a chance to try her other appetizers and mexican dishes)
At 22PM we got hungry. We so a sign of food deliveries. They actualy get everything: alcohol, cigarettes,chinese,burgers,grills, pizzas...
We called them on the phone.
They told us we can order directly from their web site or call them by skype(wifi on my phone lol). When you get there you'll see its hard to get a cold beer there. Takataun actualy gave as ICE COLD beers.
Their web site is http://www.takataun.com
I warmly recomend the service.
Favorite Dish: No doubt anout it... The grill combo:
They told us its a big dish for 4 people.We were 4 hungry people and got-
2 Mixtet Brochette,1 Sauge Salame,5 Sauge 1 Suage Blood,2 Pork Chop,2 Grilled Steak and a Grilled Chicken,Kidney AND a great soup.
We paid 30$ for all of us, including 4 beers.Ice cold.
there is something for everyone here, it says that it is the only alpaca speciallist in cusco, and the steaks are really something else compared to other alpaca experiences we have had. we only went in to use the wi fi in the morning, but ended up having the best breakfast for nearly a year and stayed all day in the bar section watching nfl all day sunday. their sunday ticket is a bit limited but they do get 3 matches at 12 and 3 at 3, and all 3 are on different tvs. in the evening i had an alpaca sirloin and sharon had crispy aromatic guinea pig and both dishes were presented like a 5 star restaurant. it was a shame we couldnt come back the next sunday but we had to go to bolivia to meet some friends.
Favorite Dish: favourite dish in the morning was the "unhealthy breakfast" thats what its called. the owner was telling me that he makes his own sausages and constantly looks for better bacon. but it was massive and very tasty and we didnt have to eat again until dinner
it costs a little more to eat there, but the kitchen is open and the portions are big. when we were there, we had to wait for half an hour, which wasnt a problem as they have a very comfortable bar on the side of the restaurant, but better if you book a table. a good selection of local and gringo food. the bar alongside has 4 tellies showing evry sport you could ask for. massive england is playing as the owner is english and is very happy when england wins, so happy to buy us a drink when we were there!!!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite Dish: cuban mojito with 7 year havana club in a long glass
This is a restaurant and sports bar combined. Food is fantastic offering selection of local and gringo food. Always guaranteed to have rugby football american football or baseball on one of his 3 TVs.
Run by expat Nick and his wife when he moved over here from the UK.
Favorite Dish: all day breakfast!
This is really a cafe rather than a restaurant. I decided to try this out for lunch as it was a sunday and they would be closed for dinner.
I had a peruvian appatizer with a yellow sauce. I think it may have been made of Yuca. The main course was a spicy vegetarian curry with rice. This was very nice and filling.
I had a generous serving of the tea to try and kill by altitude related head ache
Favorite Dish: The veg curry is definitly the best choice.
They do not speak much english, so just brush up you spanish if you want something custom prepared.
Decorated by childrens own creative work, this place is absolutly adorable. Its like stepping into memory lane back to your own childhood. The personal welcomes you with these funny hats, and there are hats for everyone.
The food is nice and the drinks are too. If youre in cusco make sure to pay a visit to this place. Even the profit goes to social project "aldea yanapay"
COSITAS is a non-profit restaurant with excellent food. They are related to two social projects - one with street children & orphans and the other one providing professional formation for women.
You can buy jewelleries, puppets and bags from the projects at the same place.
Opposite the restaurant you will find the 13 (!) angled stone in the Inka wall.
Favorite Dish: The carpaccio de lomo de alpaca and the andean tiramisu were delicious! They have great hot chocolate and café as well.
This nice cozy restaurant is around the corner of the main plaza in Cusco city.
You have to walk up to the 2nd floor but his restaurant cafe Bar offers friendly excellent service and very good food. If you do not mind smaller portion, you can request the touristic menu, which is of excellent value at 15 soles as of Feb 2010. It includes tea, a small entree & a dessert.
This place speaks very good english & I had eaten there twice during my stay in Cusco. On the second night, we also saw another table which we overheard they were also tourists and had returned many times & they enjoyed the food there.
Another hidden gem, just off Plaza de Armas. Although this restaurant doesn't give you the view, but comparing its price to all others clustered around the Plaza, this place is a champ! Good food, wide-variety of dishes at reasonable price. The restaurant front might look a little shady and worn-out (see pics), but once you step inside, you'll be greeted with an array of homemade pastries. Start out your meal with hot soup, I strongly recommend the smooth Creme de Maize (corn soup). For entree, you have choices of local treats, trouts, pasta, and pizza. Don't forget to finish it up with a dessert, their apple pie (pye de manzana) was one of the juiciest I've ever had!
I dined at this restaurant 3 times during my one-week stay in Cusco. Why? Cuz it tastes good, and above all, it is a lot more affordable than all those 'tourist-targeted' ones around Plaza de Armas. Although there are not so many dishes to choose from, but most (if not all) of them are good. The restaurant is very small, with only 4-5 tables available, and is always full with locals.
Favorite Dish: My fave one was Tallarin con Pollo, or pasta with chicken thigh.
We just had an excellent meal for 3 including drinks for just 60 soles - about US$20.Our food was excellent local dishes - stuffed peppers in a batter with side of marinated onion and tomatos - I chose the Quinoa vegetable soup (a huge bowl and very tasty - our daughter had avocado stuffed with chicken salad - we were´ñt sure what all the vegetables in the salad were possibly plantain and yam - but it was excellent.
I feel a little sorry for the restauranteers here - they stand out on the street to encourage puntas to come in so I´m happy to let people know that this place is worth eating at.
Also it´s in the San Blas district
Favorite Dish: Quinoa soup - a sacred grain that´s very nutritious.
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