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    El Truco: Dinner and a Show

    by kiwi78 Updated Jan 18, 2007

    We had a fun first night in Cusco at El Truco. I really enjoyed the two different bands and the dancers (NB. they do charge an extra 7 soles/~$2US for the show).

    The place has a nice, if not a little touristy atmosphere. My dish was quite average (spicy chicken, which wasn't spicy at all), though others in my group really enjoyed their meals. I was really impressed at the speed that the waiters would come down the stairs with full trays in their arms and not drop everything.
    I recommend it!

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    Astrid & Gastón: The best restaurant in Lima

    by montxito Written Dec 4, 2006

    This is the restaurant that was recognized as the 3rd best in Latin America and the 74th in the world by The World's 50 Best Restaurants.

    The service is impeccable and prepared to answer every question you may have about the food and the restaurant. Astrid y Gaston is, as one business magazine put it "a hub for business diners and the upper echelon of Limena society."

    Favorite Dish: The meal starts off with a basket of various fresh breads and a wonderful mango chutney that takes an act of will not to devour completely. It’s a great prelude for the meal to come but it’s best to have a whetted appetite rather than a dulled one. The dining begins in earnest with the appetizers and they pack a punch.

    Astrid y Gaston also boasts one of the best wine selections in Lima and is a great place to venture into the often-overlooked world of South American wines.

    wine cellar room
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    La Mar: The best cevichería in the world

    by montxito Written Dec 4, 2006

    The latest project by renowned chef Gastón Acurio is an essential and delicious lunch-only cevicheria. In the year since it opened its doors for the first time, La Mar has been one of the hottest dining spots in all of Lima.

    The dishes meet every requirement for success: abundant, inexpensive, and delicious. Indeed, you need to get there quite early (particularly on Saturdays) unless you don't mind lingering for 2 hours on the bar.

    Favorite Dish: The menu includes all Peruvian seafood classics, plus some sushi and haute-cuisine creations. The seafood rice and pasta plates are great, as well as the chupe (a very richly flavoured seafood soup). The ambiance is rustic and cosy. A sure hit.

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    chez maggy: not to miss

    by coolswizzle Updated Jul 16, 2006

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    if you`re looking for authentic andean cuisine and music this place is it! on my first night in cusco i was confused as to why there were so many pizzerias all over cusco. i was telling myself that if i wanted pizza i would have gone back to rome. so i walked a few blocks from my hotel and suddenly live piano music caught my attention....the restaurant was chez maggy. i liked the andean decor right away and at the end of the restaurant you can`t miss the native brick oven. they have live andean music the two nights we ate there. the food is good and they serve pizza too( it turned out to be good beacause they use andean cheese ..... this piece of info was provided by a couple who was on my plane from lima) no kidding........ i did have my peruvian pizza after all.

    Favorite Dish: i would have to say the guinea pig.......now that is something i will never forget!( see what i wrote in things to do section)

    facing this direction chez maggy is to your left

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    INDIO FELIZ: GREAT FOOD AT SET PRICE OF 40 soles

    by sfphototraveller Updated Jul 4, 2006

    I ate the Beef Kababs with onion soup and fruit salad for 40 soles.
    The Beef was excellent Medium rare nice and juicy.
    After I ate I heard some woman say that the Chocolate Mouse is great.
    Next time.

    the Pre set prices gives you different choices on soup and main course and desert to choose from.

    Favorite Dish: Peruvian food-french style,fresh chicken,vegetable.

    They had a small fireplace on the left with a table to eat on and a upstairs.
    If you come after dark plan to make reservations.

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    Siam: Best Thai food in lima

    by jpizquierdo Updated Jun 13, 2006

    This is a very good place to visit, the menu is very wide, there food not 100% thai because the ingredients are not always available… but the flavors are very similar and sometimes even better. The atmosphere is very warm
    We try Pad thay and green curry , and for begin a Poh Pia Sod and yam woon sen
    Everything was very good

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    Kabok: Forgetable

    by jpizquierdo Written Jun 13, 2006

    We arrived about 20:30, only one table used inside, we seated and waited about 5 minutes to be attended, we order a pad Thai and a chicken green curry. the pad thai, wasn´t even related with the real thai recipe, no tasty not eatable, and the green curry , also not related with the real recipe, was reazonable good, but was not what I´ve asked. service was slow, we were only 7 people on the restaurant and took about half an hour.

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    La Buena Muerte: Popular restaurant

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Apr 15, 2006

    This restaurant is an institution in Peru. It is mainly frequented by locals but since it is recommended in many tourist guides you will find several foreigners too. You should order the ceviche, a Creole speciality, very popular in Ecuador as well.

    Favorite Dish: Drink pisco sour

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    All over Peru and Bolivia: Potatoes, as you never knew them.

    by melosh Written Jan 22, 2006

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    How many types of potatoes do you know? I read that Peruvians claim over 250 varieties. When I mentioned this to some Bolivians they claimed that there were over 400 varieties shown every year at a Bolivian potato festival. Going to a Peruvian market and looking at the potatoes, is like going to a Mexican market and inspecting chiles or checking out the types of pasta in an Italian supermarket. It is overwhelming, and there seems to be a special name for each type. There even seems to be a variety of tastes and uses.

    Favorite Dish: The different potatoes I found in soup seemed to each add special character, but of course, all the other ingredients may have been at least partly responsible.
    Also, I recall some simple boiled potatoes given to me on a trek as being particularly tasty, but of course, this could have been the setting or my hunger level.

    This type tolerates freeze drying and long storage
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    KP: Ollantaytambo

    by simplesee Written Jan 7, 2006

    Great place to have breakfast. Got an omlette, hash browns, tea, juice, bread and a pancake with honey for a little more than $3!!! Was the best breakfast that I've had in a long time, and that includes from back home. Our total bill for 4 people was about $14!!! The place is also a hostel as well but I didn't find anything about it. It's right across the street from Hostal Sauce. Take advantage!

    Favorite Dish: All of them were pretty delicious and hit the spot.

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    "Chepita": Fresh cuy

    by melosh Written Dec 28, 2005

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    This restaurant and picanteria specializes in game animals and Peruvian specialties. It was recommended to us by a taxi driver. Who got a little tip from the owner, I think. Still it was truly a great place to experience cuy. The other food was good as well.
    The cuy was a dramatic unforgettable presentation as previously described in a prior tip. As related in my 1st Peru travelogue, when I ask if their cuy was fresh, they brought it out alive. You can not get fresher than that.

    Favorite Dish: The cuy was a dramatic unforgettable presentation as previously described in a prior tip. As related in my 1st Peru travelogue, when I ask if their cuy was fresh, they brought it out alive. You can not get fresher than that.

    I ate this cuy.  Talk about fresh! Restaurant card over picture of Urubamba

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  • Lalo's: Great Latin Food in Lima

    by awtonio Written Sep 24, 2005

    This restaurant is in Lima's modern financial
    district of San Isidro on the corner on AUGUSTO
    TAMAYO. They serve traditional Peruvian food like Ceviche,
    Mixto, Lomo Saltado , Papa a la Huancaina, Aguadito
    de Pollo, Chupe de Camarones, Escabeche de pescado
    the food is fresh traditional cuisine. They also
    have daily specials that feature international dishes
    from other South American cuisines. I met with Eduardo Garland
    Baron, the chief and owner, he was born in Peru
    and has operated restaurants in Cancun, Costa Rica and
    Houston The restaurant is surrounded by modern decor and filled with
    bright colors, it is a great setting to enjoy a
    wonderful local meal. Meals are from 3 to 5 US dollars plus drinks.

    Favorite Dish: The best thing is the variety of dishes and the price

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    Anywhere !!: Cuy on a stick

    by cabbage69 Written Jul 30, 2005

    On the way back from a tour to Kuelap, we stopped off at a house with stunning views over the surrounding countryside and mountains. There, i tried some guinea pig!

    Favorite Dish: Have you ever seen a Garfield with suction cups stuck onto a car window? Imagine that, minus the suction cups, but with third degree burns, a stick up its arse, and a shocked/amazed expression on its face as the stick comes out of the top of its head. On a plate of rice and vegetables. I found the meat quite alright eating, but it was a bit fiddly to get at. Guinea Pig is perhaps not to everybody's taste, but you've got to try these things!

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    La Retama, Cusco: Wonderful Cusco Restaurant

    by butterfly_girl Written May 18, 2005

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    One of my favorite evenings in Peru was dinner at La Retama. This candlelight restaurant overlooking the Plaza de Armas is a special spot. The food is wonderful, but it's the nightly dance and music show that makes this place really stand out. I got pulled out of the audience and with embarrasment, had to attempt my version of a Peruvian dance! Highly recommended spot!

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    Jack's Cafe: So Good!!!

    by sweetbean Updated May 11, 2005

    Jack's Cafe is a great little place in the San Blas area of Cusco. They give you huge portions and the food is absolutely delicious! And the prices are great too. They have a great selection of sandwiches and snacks. Definitely a great place to stop for lunch or a very hearty breakfast, which is served all day. It's mostly filled with tourists, and sometimes there's a wait, but it's worth it.

    Favorite Dish: I had the most amazing bean and cheese tortilla there with all the fixins (salsa, quacamole, sour cream). To die for! My husband had a great salami club sandwich. We went also for breakfast once and the egg specials they have are delicious and super filling.

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