Probably the best typical Peruvian restaurant in Cusco to have the real Peruvian experience. Not gourmet or pretentious like the tourist restaurants but still up to tourist standards in quality of food, service and atmosphere. Here you can experience how Peruvians do a typical lunch with friends and extended family. Everyone agrees to meet at 1 at the Cusquenita. At 1:15 or so, the first person or group arrives and begins to arrange tables for the expected crowd. Between 1:30 and 2:00 a few more family members arrive and begin to order cervezas and appetizers. By 2:30, most of the family has arrived. And begin to place their orders. By now the show has started, the place is full and you begin to settle into the experience. Watching the food arrive, one thinks we have over ordered. The portion sizes and the quantities are huge. But all the plates go back empty and the desert orders are universal. By 4:30-5:00 the kids are getting restless and the beer and piscos have everyone ready for a siesta and the place clears out suddenly. This trip I tried the pork plate. I haven’t found a restaurant in Cusco where the Cuy (guinea pig) is prepared the way I like it. I prefer Cuy prepared on the coast. Next trip I will give it a try. This is a must visit in Cusco.
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