Home > Food, Peru > What have Peru, Japan and India got in common?

What have Peru, Japan and India got in common?

A great lunch venue in Cusco!

In the last post I talked about the exquisite and expensive lunch we had in Lima savouring the delights of the sea. Since then we travelled south  to Cusco which is a splendid looking city at 11,000 ft. The difference between Lima and Cusco is considerable – one is the administrative capital of the country whilst the other the ancient centre of the Inca civilisation; one is full of the noises of modern living, the other sleepy and relaxed; one is at sea level, the other high up in the clouds. Both are steeped in history and interesting places to visit. We however, have chosen to spend a lot more time in Cusco to explore the mysterious Inca world.

Today, as we walked down the terraced streets behind Plaza de Armas, a lovely old gentleman persuaded us to eat at his restaurant. They were only serving the menu del dia and we decided to give it a try. As we sat down, he brought us a basket of freshly baked bread – in Cusco this looks like a round pitta but thicker. He gave us a thimble of Cusqueño salsa with it which is a fiery chilli sauce to be used for dipping torn pieces of bread with . For an appetiser he brought us a battered and deep fried sweet potato croquette followed by a consomme served with a piece of braised beef, white potato and carrot. For mains there was a choice of beef in peruvian sauce (coriander and thickened stock) with steamed rice or an escalope of herbed chicken with fried potatoes and broccoli. We went for one each. All this came with a freshly squeezed glass of jugo de manazana (apple juice).

All of the food tasted home-cooked. It was delicious, filling and obviously prepared with love. This lunch cost us S/10 or £2 each! If the coastal food of Peru has semblance to the Japanese cuisine then with the use of fresh coriander, chilli and spice, the provincial food has an affinity to Indian cuisine!

Categories: Food, Peru Tags: , , , , , , ,
  1. Magali
    May 8, 2011 at 03:25

    Hi Shelley
    I saw your comment in trip advisor about your trip in valle sagrado in Cuzco, about the driver Carlos. Was he good? We will also travel to Peru to sacred valley, and want to find a driver. Could you please give us his phone number or any other contact detail you have?
    Thank you in advance!!
    Best regards,

    • May 8, 2011 at 05:00

      Hi Magali
      Alberto Carlos was a fantastic driver to us. He doesn’t speak English though so don’t expect him to be a guide but he will take you everywhere you want to go and is very patient with any extra stops etc. We booked him through the hotel we stayed at – http://hostalelperegrinocusco.com/ . The lady at the reception – Marjorie (may be spelled differently!) – was really helpful and booked Carlos for us. She will do this for you even if you don’t stay at the hotel.

      Make time for Pisac market and Ollantaytambo and on the way back visit Salineras and Moray/Moras (the best ruins we saw apart from Machu Picchu). Go up to Saqsawahman (on an independent trip as it’s a half an hour walk uphill or a short taxi drive away from Cusco) and take a horse ride so you can get some amazing views of the valley and Cusco city.

      Hope you have a great time!


  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: