Faces of Cusco Awards 2016: Winners Peruvian Cuisine
This category rewards the best peruvian dishes and food in 6 awards:
Best Peruvian Food, Best Ceviche, Best Alpaca Dish, Best Cuy, Best Fusion Menu and Best Chifa.
Each of the winners serves delicious traditional dishes, a must try for those interested in the original Peruvian Cuisine.
Morena Peruvian Kitchen
Our pick for the best Peruvian restaurant in Cusco by a wide margin. The food is both scrumptious and carefully crafted. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu as the chef-owners go above and beyond with each seasonal menu. The dishes feature local ingredients to highlight the best of Peru’s diverse gastronomy and find inspiration in the Pacific coast, Andean mountains, and Amazon rainforest. Casual & large portions. If you only have one meal in Cusco, make it Morena!
Insider Tip: Be sure to order the city’s best cocktails and to save room for dessert!
Atmosphere: Casual and comfortable
Calle Plateros 348, (84) 437832
Open Monday – Sunday, Noon – 10
Sister restaurant to Morena Peruvian Kitchen, Barrio Ceviche delivers high-quality food in a fun and open environment. Ceviche is a staple dish from the Peruvian coast and Barrio does not disappoint. In contrast to the river-trout and frozen fish featured in most local restaurants, Barrio uses fresh fish and seafood flown-in from the Pacific coast daily. We’re partial to the house ceviches, but feel free to try the tiraditos and other items on their extensive menu. Here you’ll find options from the northern, central, and southern coast – each of which is both delicious and presented well. The view of the Plaza de Armas is hard to beat and the watermelon cocktail is a must when in season. For Ceviche in Cusco, stick to Barrio and deviate at your own risk!
Insider Tip: For vegetarians, ask for the spicy mango ceviche or pasta.
Budget: $$ and a great value for freshly flown-in fish
Portal de Panes 181, Plaza de Armas, (84) 226334
Open Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 10pm
This casual-dining staple features large portions and hearty food in a funky setting. The menu includes Peruvian favorites that are sure to please and we absolutely recommend their alpaca dishes. This local meat is high in protein and very low in both fat and cholesterol. Chef-owned Marcelo Batata does a great job of managing the “gaminess” of the meat and adding just the right amount of flavor while still retaining the core properties. A fun option for either lunch or dinner.
Insider Tip: Check out the city’s best open-air rooftop patio
Atmosphere: Casual and fun
Calle Palacio 121, (84) 222424
Open Daily from 12:30pm – 11pm
This family and chef-owned restaurant prepares the best regional food in Cusco. Here you can expect to find many local delicacies that tastefully capture the best of Cusqueñan cuisine. Cuy – or guinnea pig – is an acquired taste that often piques the interest of travelers. Though available in a few places, we really like the version here. Be sure to bring your camera!
Insider Tip: Wash down your cuy with chicha, a homemade corn beer!
Portal de Panes 123, 2nd floor,
Plaza de Armas
Pirqa Restaurant & Qerpi Bar
This upscale restaurant hits the mark for both traditional and fusion food. The ever-changing menu highlights seasonal products and the head chef and her team strive to bring you the best of Peru. We love the traditional dishes, pizzas, quinoa croquettes, local polenta with arrabbiata sauce, burgers, artisanal breads, and ceviche. Easily the city’s best upscale dining option.
Insider Tip: Call ahead for a reservation and consider dining in the sun-drenched patio
Atmosphere: Upscale casual
JW Marriott Hotel
Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner
Kion Peruvian Chinese
Perhaps the best Chifa restaurant in Peru, Kion delivers great Asian flavor in the heart of Cusco. Chifa is near and dear to Peruvians as it’s a great mix of traditional Cantonese food with a Peruvian twist. Big portions and a comfortable dining area greet diners who venture up the narrow stairway into the large restaurant. We highly recommend the Butifaras, Chun Kun spring rolls, and Chaufa (fried rice) dishes.
Insider Tip: Main course portions are massive and almost everything can be made vegetarian with tofu and extra vegetables instead of meat.
Atmosphere: Upscale casual
Triunfo 370, (84) 431862
Open from Noon – 11pm
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