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“Fantastic dining experience!”
Review of The Tree House

The Tree House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Peruvian, Contemporary, International, Fusion
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Our team in The Tree House Restaurant works with passion to create what some of our guests tell us is their best dinning experience in South America.
Reviewed May 6, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner here after a week of trekking and eating camping food. Perhaps our enjoyment of the meal was heightened by this background, but nonetheless, I feel we would have thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience at any time in our lives. The decor and ambience is outstanding, just like a modern treehouse. We had the trout ceviche for a starter which is plated exquisitely and a very unique twist of a Peruvian classic. Then for dinner we had the quinoa ravioli with sweet potato stuffing; the pasta literally melted in your mouth! There were several complimentary items the chef served us, which we thought was just the right touch. Dessert could have used some improvement, however, and for this I took off one star. We had the chocolate brownie with lucuma ice cream; the brownie was dry and the ice cream tasted a little freezer burned and not very creamy. Maybe we should have chosen the passion fruit cheesecake, but I have a hard time turning down brownies! All in all, we had a wonderful experience here and would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to Aguas Calientes in the future.

Also, make sure to order a box lunch from the Tree House for your day at Machu Picchu!

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Thank stepherz35
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

We chose this place from the Lonely Planet book, and we weren't disappointed. After wandering through the town, where waiters in every restaurant are out on the street hawking at you to eat at their places, it was a pleasure to find somewhere calm and welcoming. The waiters were helpful and showed just the right amount of attention. The food was quite good and beautifully presented. I had a breaded chicken dish served with the best quinoa I have ever tasted. My friend had a beef tenderloin cooked in a wine sauce served with fettuccine. We also had pisco sours, which were 2 for 1, because we were there at the end of happy hour. On one of the chalkboards in the restaurant we noticed that twice a day they have 2 hour sessions for cooking instruction, which we would have enjoyed attending had we known earlier. It would have made for a perfect afternoon after having spent the morning at Macchu Picchu.

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Thank LMRah
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We ate here on the recommendation of friends and had easily the best meal we'd eaten by far in Aguas Calientes and also one of the best in Cusco. We both had ceviche dishes to start which were full of flavour, a delicious steak served with tagliatelle in a creamy sauce to follow and shared the Lucuma Martini for dessert. We'd definitely recommend this place if you're looking for somewhere to eat in Aguas Calientes as there is nowhere else in town that even comes close.
However, our experience was let down by a few simple errors. Our waiter knew absolutely nothing about the wines on the menu and which foods they could be paired with. Instead, we were asked to sample all the wines they served by the glass before making our decision. This would normally have been a pleasurable experience, however, as other reviewers have mentioned, the wines here really aren't that good. In fact, the following night we saw one of the bottles from the Tree House's menu being served up at one of the lower end tourist restaurants. We were also confused by the Lucuma Martini which the menu described as containing Lucuma mousse. There was nothing mousse-like at all in our glass, rather chunks of chocolate brownie (which was the main element of another desert which we had chosen to pass up) topped with a thick, sticky sweet sorbet substance that we presumed was meant to be the mousse element. When we challenged this dish our waiter claimed the Lucuma part was that thick because it's impossible to make mousse out of Lucuma which really begs the questions, why is it called Lucuma mousse on the menu and how come other restaurants we've been to manage to serve it as such? Either way, if it's so hard to make a mousse out of Lucuma, you could make it out of the chocolate instead, to make this a more authentic 'martini' desert.

The errors we've highlighted shouldn't take away from the excellent mains, cosy atmosphere and very friendly and attentive service, and we wouldn't want to discourage anyone from experiencing this restaurant themselves, but a little attention to these details would clearly set The Treehouse several branches above the Peruvian competition.

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Thank ThePiemanAndHer
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

After having spent one week in Cusco and Arequipa, I am baffled at how anyone could declare this restaurant as their best food experience. It did not measure up on either price, service, and most importantly, quality of food.

Service: our server displayed quite a bit of attitude when we asked for information on the menu. When we got confused by a few things, he became patronizing.

Price: for Peruvian standards, this was an expensive meal. Entrees were 35-60 Sol.

Food: we had Mojitos and Caipiranhas. Both were overly sweetened. My entree was the breaded trout with blue cheese risotto. The fish was dry and flavorless; the risotto was undercooked.

On a positive note, the setting and decor was beautiful. It was built like a modern treehouse with lots of wood and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Thank SM Y
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We were looking forward to dining at the tree house after reading the great reviews. We ordered the grilled alpaca with chimichurri and the pork ribs. There were a few large pieces of alpaca some cooked well-done (bleh!) and others medium (yum!). It was odd that the waiter had not asked how we wanted our meat cooked. The pork ribs were tasty and had quite a bit of fat (to be expected). I would have preferred for the fat to have melted away as a result of slow cooking, however the flavor was very good.

We tried to order a bottle of the Tannat wine, but were told it was not available. The waiter suggested the more expensive reserve cab blend which was good. The purple corn craft beer was nice too. We also wanted to order a dessert with the Lucuma ice cream, but it was not available. The waiter suggested the lucuma martini which was disappointing.

Overall we had found the quality of the peruvian food to be excellent, even during our trek. The tree house simply did not measure up to the high standard set by the other restaurants and camp dining we had experienced.

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Thank BusyMomof4
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