I consider myself a foodie and love to try out new places.
So when I went out for lunch and had a spectacular ceviche with coconut in the Boliche del Ceviche I went ahead and asked the manager if he had a good recommendation for dinner. Among some suggestions he made was Cuzco.
The place looks very nice, has life music and everything looked promising. So I started off with a Pulpo (octopus grilled with a aji vinaigrette). The pulpo was very tender but overseasoned and quite salty. Overall not bad but not great.
The main course was a arroz de marisco (paella style seafood dish) with squid ink. I should have sent it back right away when I saw they had sprinkled parmesan cheese on top. But since I am no good snob, who does not accept the cardinal rule of no cheese with seafood or no reds with white meat and fish, I went ahead and have it a try. To my disadvantage I was also very hungry and instead of cutting my losses right then and there I ate most of the dish. The flavor was not good but not terrible and since I had had a great day in this wonderful city I decided not to complain or send the dish back.
All in all this was a huge mistake since later in the evening I started having stomach cramps. As I lie now in my hotel room with severe good poisoning instead of taking my arranged boat your to the island I curse my poor decision of eating a mediocre contaminated dish.
One may say that things like can happen but I would say that it should not happen in a place with the ambitions Cuzco has.
Overall I would say that this place is pretentious and expensive for what it offers. Service is on level with any other restaurant I visited in Cartagena not above as you would expect in a place that drives to be a luxury restaurant.
My recommendation is stay away from Cuzco. There are many other good options like the one mentioned above, La Perla, Juan del mar, etc.
And finally the morale of this whole story don't go by looks, don't eat what does not meet your standards and finally stay away from Cuzco if you don't want to possibly run your vacation for a mediocre expensive meal.