Thanks again to TripAdvisor, we avoided the overpriced hotel food and found this restaurant. Be warned, this place may be closing at 5:30pm as lunch is the important meal in Peru. We took the cab from our hotel to El Carmen to El Guayabo. Chincha is principally a farming community so don't expect the town to be anything what it is: no building higher than 2 storeys and everyone living in humble conditions.
You can't miss the restaurant, it's the central building that isn't humble abode. When you go inside, you see all these photos of Mamaine and what we assumed were famous people. There was this glass case full of awards. The menu is a one-pager that says I'm a diner type establishment. We were the only customers there because we arrived just before closing on a weekday.
I know we ordered a Carapulcra (pork stew with potatoes and spices that comes with these absolutely addictive noodles), a Mamaine special and something else. I just picked three things on the menu and hoped for the best. The "especial" I picked turned out to be a trio of stews which happened to be portions of the other two dishes we ordered. Needless to say, I didn't have to taste my family's dishes ... I had them on my plate already.
I have no idea what Mamaine puts in those dishes but they were absolutely delicious. It felt like these were simple dishes but they were damn tasty. I could eat those noodles all day. I'm getting hungry just writing this review.
If you are near this restaurant, say in Chincha, ... ask your tour guide if you can be taken here for lunch instead of whatever they have planned. Bribe them if you have to. This was one of proudest discoveries on the trip (thanks to internet research and wi-fi).
They don't have burgers or pizza. Any tour guide or hotel staff will warn you that this is really local type food. The adventurous will be rewarded with some damn fine and delectable food. I have no idea where else on the planet to find this type of food; I think I will be searching everywhere to find something even remotely similar ... just to have it again.
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