Needed - dinner in Lima and Cuzco
I will be in Lima only on a Sunday night. What are my best options?
I will be in Cuzco for three nights and am interested in some variety? Upmarket and local
La Mar is my favorite in Lima, though it is lunch only. But it is SO worth the trip, if you can get there. Pescados Capitales was also quite good. I regret not getting to Astrid y Gaston, so that's another option.
Cuzco: Pachapappa and Granja Heidi were solid choices. If you're burned out on Peruvian and need something different, Jack's Cafe is good. Unfortunately, my trip was several years ago and that's about all I can remember.
What is your price range and where are you staying in Lima? If you are in the Miraflores area, La Mar and Astrid Gaston are the popular choices. Mayta is a favorite of mine as well as La Gloria. In Barranco Amor y Amar is great.
As for Cuzco, if you like pork, just walk down Ave. San Andreas and pick a place frying up pork, last time i was there, 2 years ago, Pachapappa is a good take on Peruvian, Cicciliona is the crowd favorite to go to, think Italian with Latin influence. The Market is Cuzco is worth hitting up for food.
Thanks for all the ideas. The problem is that so many Lima restaurants are closed on Sunday for dinner.
After hiking Machu Picchu the group had dinner at Etapoy in Cuzco, rotisserie chicken for dinner - those chickens were large and juicy (about 1 for every 3 or 4 people is more than enough). We also really liked Granja Heidi. For a truly authentic experience you can stop at the mercado San Pedro, sit have a bowl of soup with the locals.
In Lima there's the typical Astrid y Gaston and La Mar, and there's another stand out called Cesar (they may be open on Sunday night). Here you will find different varieties of causa - we loved the filet mignon and olive versions. Located across the street from La Mar.