Our concierge recommended Deva as the best place to try traditional, authentic Cusquenian cuisine. What an experience! Our waiter Eddie was incredibly attentive and informative, sharing every detail of the ingredients used to prepare our meals. He brought out baskets containing the various types of corn and potatoes native to the Cusco region and thoroughly explained (in slow, deliberate Spanish, so as to enhance our experience) the typical dishes made with each. This was by far the most educational and relaxing meal I can remember.
I had the cuy al horno (guinea pig), a very traditional dish, prepared with a delicious stuffing made with a local mint herb and spearmint. The presentation was fun, with owner Federico making an appearance and encouraging pictures of us with the main dish. They then took all of the awkward work out of first-time cuy eating by removing the head and slicing the little fellow into manageable bites. Eddie then informed me of the traditional approach to cuy -- hands-on!
The food was delicious and the service was beyond compare. If you're looking for the "real deal" when visiting Cusco, this is the place to go!
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