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“You'll want to chewy on this place's cuy”
Review of Guajibamba

Guajibamba
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Ranked #43 of 724 Restaurants in Cuenca
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 14, 2019

I know the title probably doesn't make sense until you hear "cuy" pronounced as "cooey" which is how Ecuadorians say it. Cuy is guinea pig and is a delicacy in Ecuador as well as being one of the most expensive food items you can order. If you can get past the "they're so cute" and want to try cuy, this is the place- even my guide in Quito suggested I try it in Cuenca and my Cuenca guide, a lifelong native of the city, suggested Guajibamba. The setting is warm and friendly with antique telephones and sewing machines scattered about for décor; the service is wonderful, and the cuy is absolutely delicious. They prepare it on a wood spit over fresh coals so the skin is crispy and the meat tender and juicy. The sides of potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and hominy were also well prepared. If you're going to go for it and try cuy, go here- you almost certainly won't regret it.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2019 via mobile

A white wine, a local drink, canalazo, and a nicely prepared baked cuy made for an excellent meal in el centro. A very good bar and beer selection, and an expansive menu of traditional and international meals. The cuy requires 24 hour notice. Pop in and preorder, or do as I did, and dine here twice in two nights: the selection is varied.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

We had the most amazing guinea pig crispy and delicious we only realised how goowonderful it was when we had the same dish in Quito which was rubbish so please do not go to Mama Clorinda in Quito you are heading for disappointment

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019 via mobile

We were in a mission to try “cuy” (guinea pig) and it was a different experience. We realized you need to call ahead as it takes an hour to cook.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Jane3722
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

It was a delicious restaurant, serving the local specialty: the CUY, which was really delicious. Moreover, the place is cosy and friendly, the atmosphere peaceful. I really recommand this place if you want to try traditional ecuadorian dish.

Date of visit: December 2018
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