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“Right cross street of San Blas church, great outdoor dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pachapapa

Pachapapa
Plazoleta San Blas 120, Cusco, Peru
51-84-241318
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Ranked #33 of 424 Restaurants in Cusco
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Peruvian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Houston, Texas
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“Right cross street of San Blas church, great outdoor dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Cuy needed to reserve 24hours ahead and with S./30 (50%) 'down payment'. My son enjoyed the cuy very much though the skin is a bit of leathery tough to chew. We enjoyed hot beverages with fresh herbs. I had lemongrass, ginger, cilantro.. Cannot remember the name but it is very good to have a hot beverage in cold Andean weather! My son had coca tea leaves. I also loved the lamb shoulder stew. I think it tastes better than the cuy. The portion came in big for me. If we visited Cusco again, we will be back to have a dinner or lunch.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Great Peruvian food in San Blas section of Cusco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

WE we enjoyed a great dinner here on our last night in Peru. The patio is lovely and atmospheric with a wood burning cooking stove and umbrellas as well as candle light. There was a musician that played Peruvian harp. The food was delicious and prepared to order. We thought that it was a great find of good value for the excellent quality of local, fresh food.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“First time eating alpaca”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

this was such a great place to relax and eat outdoors, they have a cozy outdoor patio (as well as indoor seating), we had just returned from our 4 day inca trail hike the night before, and i was ready for a relaxing meal, they start you off with delicious little warm rolls, then we had alpaca kebabs for a starter, these were delicious, a little chewy, but very flavorful, not gamey at all, next dish was the trout ceviche, i was not disappointed by this dish anywhere in peru, always fresh tasting, we finished with a basil/tomato/mozz calzone, which was made in their stone oven, very satisfying overall

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great service and ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We came in around 9pm without a reservation and they sat us in the courtyard immediately. It was a cold night but we sat under the heat lamps and right next to the clay oven. We ordered the cuy (without a 24 hr notice) and just asked them to bring our dishes out when they were ready. So while waiting on the cuy, we shared a rocoto relleno app and a delicious trout entree. The cook would pull the cuy out of the clay oven and check on its progress intermittently, so that was fun to watch. It was tasty but very challenging to eat and made for a fun experience. We were one of the last tables to leave and the service was fantastic - attentive but not overbearing. Definately a safe choice albeit touristy.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious Cuy, Nice Ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We came here after hearing that their cuy is one of the best. Our guidebook and the website noted it should be ordered 24 hours in advance so we had our hotel book a reservation for us and pre-order the cuy. Our hotel then told us to hike over there and put a 50% deposit down for the cuy. Ok....it better be GOOD.

We weren't disappointed when we arrived. The line was out the door but we were seated quickly since we had reservations. I am glad we had asked for outdoor seating in our reservation--outdoor we enjoyed live music, could see the food going into the oven, had a bustling atmosphere and a refreshing evening breeze.

Aside from the cuy, we also ordered chicha morada non-alcoholic beverages and a pork stew that I can't remember the spanish name for. Everything was good--the pork stew was delicious but the star was the cuy. I was amazed at how well flavored and tender it was. They bring it out whole for a photo op, and then bring it back to the kitchen to cut for you (removing the head too so you don't have to deal with it). The meat reminded me of duck--it was delicious. The cuy is S/.60 which is a bit pricier than some other places deep fried versions, but I have no doubt the taste of the one here makes it all worth it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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