My husband and I previously arranged to have the 7 course "La Cena del Oro" pre-fixe dinner at the MAP Cafe several months before our visit to Cusco. They used to offer this meal in the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, itself, for $375 per person, but it cost only $125 per person to have it in the regular restaurant. And it was one of the most amazing meals we had in Peru--easily tied with our dinners at Astrid y Gaston and Central Restaurante in Lima. They don't advertise it or offer it on the regular menu, so you need to arrange for it in advance. But it is WELL worth the effort!
The restaurant itself is beautiful, in a glass box in the middle of the central courtyard of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum in Cusco. The courtyard lighting infuses the restaurant with ambience. Very dramatic, modern, and yet authentic at the same time.
The service was outstanding. The meal was tremendous. I would return to Cusco JUST for the chance to try La Cena del Oro again. Obviously, we did not order off the regular menu, but we did take notice of the meals the other diners were enjoying--and all looked very good and interesting. There is a 4 course pre-fixe which is on the menu, so perhaps that is the way to go if you have the appetite and haven't previously arranged La Cena del Oro.
All in all, La Cena del Oro is perhaps the best meal we've ever enjoyed for the money. The entire meal with wine and tip cost us less than $300--something that would have cost FAR more at any other Michelin 2 or 3 star restaurant, certainly.
Bravo. Unbelievably good in a country that has a very well deserved reputation for outstanding cuisine. Don't miss it.
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