This hill top hacienda is not just about the lovely food and service and views, it is about the incredible art work and craftsmanship of the furniture in the complex.
We were in a small group that took over the private and very formal dining room and our buffet dishes were outstanding. Truly decadent eating, as pretty to look at as to eat.
As well as our dining room there is a vast room for patrons and several nice outdoor areas. for a lunch you will want to sit out side and admire the views. At night, it is desirable to sit inside and admire the art works.
There is that nagging historical bugbear however that originally this place, like most early Spanish haciendas in Peru, was built on slave/peon labour and likely on corruption and terror, too. The artworks include Inca, pre-inca as well as 16th-17th century Spanish paintings. It is unlikely a price could be put on the value of the art, owned by a private family.
Originally the hacienda was a monsterous size property, now it is a modest landholding... a reminder that Peru nationalised the large haciendas some decades ago, freeing up land the workers could claim.
One can't eat in such historic homes of the former super wealthy who owned people as well as land and livestock without acknowledging its past.
Nevertheless, this is a restaurant experience not to be missed.
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