This Peruvian/Australian owned and run restaurant is a gem. The kind of place that weary travellers, local guides, foodies, drinkers and wine enthusiasts will return to again and again.
It has it's very own ambience with uniformed chefs and staff cooking within the space behind the bar and a varied crowd of the well heeled and traveller alike - part owned by one of the finest restaurateurs of Lima, it is a mixture of quirky and classic. The service is impeccable and the decor and music subtle.
There are dishes made from local produce like quinoa and alpaca, with an Aussie/Mediterranean twist. Though some of the recipes could be described as nouvelle, the portions are not, so beware having starters if you want to make it through to a pudding.
They have a very good wine list, but note this can double your bill.
They also arrange 5-Star picnics almost anywhere you like in the surrounding region.
Favorite Dish: Favourite main course is the Four Peppers Tagliatelle - with a good amount of garlic.
The finest pudding is the Lucuma Mousse (a fruit that tastes like Butterscotch Angel Delight!) with local chocolate from Quillabamba.
Found the place in the LP book. It's more or less a hip meat shop that has turned a bit upscale. It shares the top floor of the building with a bar which can provide some music for your dining experience. It claims to be the only alpaca specialist in Cuzco. I came here for the cuy of all things. Kim had a stuffed avocado and a salad and she claims it was the second best meal she had in Peru.
Inside the place has large tables to sit 4-8 people.....don't worry they will accommodate couples.
Favorite Dish: Anything is good. Only thing I would suggest if that if you do try the cuy....order it roasted as it can be a bit fatty with the skin and all on it.
My favorite restaurant in Cuzco. All ingredients come from the owners local farm(?). I had an omelette with tomatoes and ricotta. For dessert I had a piece of carrot cake. Both were exceptional.
I think my total bill came to about 25 soles....$8.
I think they're closed on sunday, my last day I wanted to go back here and they were closed. ;(
Favorite Dish: cake
Andean music and dances in the heart of Cusco offering creole, international and novo-andina cuisine while enjoying a spectacular view of the main square!!!
Capacity for 130 people.
Favorite Dish: EVERYTHING!!!!! The famous peruvian "Lomo Saltado".....don't miss it!!!! You also have buffet to try what you want!!!!
Came in here for lunch on our first day. Yeah it is listed in the LP book. I know some people like to bash the LP books. Can't beat their maps and I have eaten well more than a few times thanks to them. Considering all the places to eat in Cuzco I probably would not have gone here had it not been for the blue book......maybe there is a review in here of the place...I was too lazy to find it sorry.
Favorite Dish: Cheap and great service with a smile. The staff makes you feel welcome as soon as you step in. I had chicken and hot sauce which did not sit well with the Diamox I was taking but Kim liked her meal and salad from the salad bar. We both had cups of the Coco tea to try and reduce the effects of the altitude.
Street food is great. It is local, cheap and fresh (I hope)
Found this guy selling salted game hen eggs. We got 5 for a sole?
Anyway they were a great snack to start the morning out on
At night and in the afternoon you will also see grilled Alpaca on a stick topped off with half a potato for a sole. 2 of these and you have a meal for one. I saw the vendors out in the alleys well into the night and around bar closing time.
Don't know if the place is a secret in the land of many but you cannot beat the prices. The place is one of many little places tucked in and around San Blas. It is a small place run by a Lithuanian lady. They serve cheap simple food that is prepared fresh. While it not be alot of food for you hearty eaters...big meals in Cuszco are not always a great idea if you have just arrived. There is a wood burning fireplace in the dining room along with local and international tunes played in the background. Nice place to bring your special person. The night we were there we were the only ones there and the night prior our friend who introduced us to the place said it was also near emtpy.
Favorite Dish: With the 12 sole price fixe menu you get a choice of desert. The mixed fruit is very refressing after a day of trekking. The staff is great here and they get the assistance of an orange cat and a dog that wander in and out at they please. They are open all day so if you need a break from the hills of San Blas take a look and enjoy a quick rest and a snack here.
Looking for a good cup of joe in Cuzco? This place which is tucked away off Calle Arequipa may satisfy your urge. They make a mean expresso and have other great treats which make it a great place to duck into and take a break while exploring Cuzco.
Favorite Dish: The shop is part of a small clusterof others that tries to promote the Amazon region in the North. While you are seated you will probably be given photo books of the jungles and all the local indigenous species.
Peru is well-known for its grilled chicken or pollo a la brasa. You can't do better than Top Chicken -- despite its anglicized name. For S/7.5 (or $2.50), you get a salad buffet, fries and 1/4 chicken -- guaranteed to be the juiciest you've ever had. Plus friendly service and local atmosphere (in a good way).
Favorite Dish: Try their pollo a la brasa (grilled chicken), pollo a la parrillada (grilled chicken breast).
I liked this restaurant a lot. This is a small cafe right next ot the popular Jacks cafe. It serves a lot of vegetarian food.
I had a curry plate. It had a serving of rice on the side and stir-fried peas, onions, carrots and bananas...it was real tasty, the bananas added something exotic to it and I liked it. A big fresh juice for 3 soles too. There are only 5 tables here, but you can share tables. My bill was 13 soles ($4.25).
Favorite Dish: Curry with rice and bananas
Ama Lur was a nice little restaurant amongst the many others offering nice food and great service. Unlike most other restaurants in the area they weren't outside hassling us to enter.
Favorite Dish: Lunch from 8 soles.
I just wanted to say that we found the San Blas Neighborhood better for eating out. San Blas is not as overwhelmed by tourist as other areas in Cuzco so restaurants receive fewer tourists and food is a lot cheaper. We visited a few places and we probably spent an average of USD4 for a three course meal.
Ok, so here is a real goldmine. Its not a big exaggeration that every Peruvian knows this place as the place to eat in Cuzco. I asked front desk of the Internet cafe at Agua Caliente/Macchu Picchu where to eat in Cuzco and she said La Chomba in an instant, talked to the conductor on the train and he said to for sure go to La Chomba, talking to the taxi drivers to find the best one, they all said go to La Chomba.
After all those recommendations, why wouldn't you go.
Its a tapas kind of eatery. No entree menus, no desserts. Its not even open in the evening. (I know, "what?) We would have never found it going by address, but the best thing is just ask any taxi where it is and they will take you.
Favorite Dish: One dish is so big, we shared it and was content for lunch.
I wouldn't classify this as a local's restaurant but its still good food and has local dishes. The food here is decent. The beef is real cow instead of alpaca. Very friendly and you can have a three course meal with pisco sour added for the cost of one entree.
They do cater to tourists, which usually is not a good thing, but was a nice dinner. After 7pm, a muscian comes in and plays local music. Pipe flute, acoustic guitar, vocals,...
Favorite Dish: I had the "filet mingon" steak with mushroom sauce. Obviously mushroom sauce is not a local cusine and the "filet mingon" was not the right cut or even a tenderloin but it was soft and juicy. Their vegetable soup was really good especially in the cold night.
Off-the-beaten-track view and pick-up-yourself chilies.
Favorite Dish: What to eat in Peru? Coasting on the wave of commonality and easy access, the “pollerias” come to mind immediately. They are universally popular with locals and tourist alike. The more central their location, the more touristy and pricy; the more distant, the more genuine and inexpensive they are. Usually the fare includes salad bar. Live music and drinks are extra!?
Similar establishments cannot guarantee you more than a local version of KFC or McDonalds –they are fast food joints. For something more unique, one has to visit a restaurant that offers the famously infamous guinea pig delicacy. People usually start imagining things related to rodents and akin to contagious diseases that build an impregnable wall between them and that specialty. What is more important to know is that this animal is cooked deep fried (as almost anything in Peru) and covered with very familiar-tasting sauce, making it absolutely harmless. Unfortunately for the extreme sport lovers, the taste is nothing out worldly; rather like a rabbit, maybe because of the size of the animal and hence the fine bones and muscles. Moreover, to make it even more palatable, it is smothered in a sauce worthy of your own mother’s cooking.