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“Try this for a very different experience”
Review of Sonccollay

Sonccollay
Ranked #113 of 553 Restaurants in Arequipa
Cuisines: South American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 14, 2018

This is a very interesting place to go and try out. When we went the restaurant was empty at lunchtime, so we got to speak to the owner/ chef and were able to see the kitchen. So much attention and detail goes into the preparation of the meals, the ingredients are carefully selected and all food is cooked in especially designated pots and only specific spoons are used. Good, hearty and simple food using good quality ingredients. Very filling so leave plenty of room.

Caters well for vegetarians

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Thank susika2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Chef and owner was great and showed us the kitchen and some of the food cooking processes and was really interesting to learn about. Made to feel very welcome and enjoyed a big meal with friends overlooking the plaza during the evening. Really enjoyable. The peru food was delicious, alpaca amazing and ceviche beautiful!! Thank you very much for your hospitality and amazing service and flavours!!! A MUST visit!

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Thank mashmile
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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

Terrible. Only restaurant open during the country census. Resulted in over filling their restaurant (selfishly) & providing every guess with rushed, terrible service. Waited 45 minutes for a soup & salad & another 30 for a bill. They claim to be an authentic experience of pre Inka cuisine. I suggest you find it elsewhere.

Thank Kasper M
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

This restaurant was part of the "free walking tour" in Arequipa. The interest of this restaurant is in the cooking discipline of the chef, who cooks everything in clay pots and uses no added fats (as a token, he let us slide a finger on the grid under the air vent, which is greasy in every damn kitchen in the world, even if you do your best at keeping it clean -- and it was completely dry, I kid you not). He introduced us to a genuinely new ceviche experience: Arequipa-style. Arequipa, even if it's at 2300m altitude, has always had a connection with the ocean, which is not too far away. This ceviche does not contain lemon, but juce from under-ripe maracuya (passion fruit), seaweed, and then the other usual spices. And of course fish, which in our case was swordfish. We tasted both the basic version and the sea urchin version (which was fantastic). Our main course was an alpaca fillet. We asked it rare, but it came medium. After the meal, when chef came to say hi, we told him, and he would have none of it: on the spot, he re-cooked us a second, wonderfully cooked, fillet and gave it to us (for free). At that point we were too full for dessert, which would have entailed a fondue with 100% dark Chuncho chocolate (sigh).

Another speciality of this chef is his penchant for XIX century linguistics. He drew chains of words crossing every language but starting or ending with a Quechua word. Thus we discovered that "wasi" (house) is phonetically close to "house" and also to "casa". And "smoke" ("goshtay" in quechua) must be related to the name of the Greek island of Kos, which was apparently home to a lot of woods the trees of which were felled for burning ("Kos" is obviously also the origin of "cucina" and hence "kitchen").

But yes do take cash because this multi-faceted chef does not accept credit cards.

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Thank leoliberti
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

Located on the Plaza de Armas, this small restaurant has an interesting menu, including traditionally roasted cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca and the balcony makes for a lovely view of the plaza. If you go, take advantage of the opportunity to see the food cooking in the kitchen and go to the roof for one of the best views in Arequipa. Though the owner is personable, he seemed quite disheveled and distracted. It was almost 2 hours between arriving and seeing our food. Most of the time we were the only diners. When the bill came, I'd been over charged and then they couldn't take a credit card (though signs indicated they could). It took all my cash to settle the bill. I won't return.

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Thank Beth R
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