Peru trip report
A somewhat quick review of places we hit while doing the typical tourist visit of Peru. I was sad to not spend more time in Lima plus I didn't have good luck finding things on my list. The first morning we wandered around Miraflores and came upon La Lucha which had been recommended to my friend (even tho I had about 8 other sandwich places on my list). We both got tasty pork sandwiches and split some excellent fries, tasted like yucca fries, and got a couple smoothies. That evening we went to the Barranco section of town to Santa Rosa which I knew had an ocean view (off in the distance) and 2 for 1 happy hour. My first pisco sour of the trip was a sad excuse and certainly drinking 2 of them wasn't going to happen (no egg white, giant glasses like a cheap margarita, blech). We then couldn't find the seafood rest. on my list and the ceviche place recommended to us wasn't open so we ended up at Tio Mario for a decent dinner of grilled steak and chicken, potato and this corn with giant kernels that seems to be popular in Peru (photo). When we came back to Lima at the end of the trip, we had a group dinner at El Senorio del Sulco which was very good, esp. the seafood soup to start (photo). Since this was taken care of as part of the tour, I didn't realize until after how pricey it was but we enjoyed both good food and good service. Also since it was dark, we didn't realize there was a nice view there. We ended the evening at the rooftop bar La Cathedral across the street on from our hotel on Av Grau where the waiter did a great job catering to our large party including kids.
I got some grilled meat on a stick w/ a potato stuck at the end from a lady in the Sacred Valley. In Urubamba, our group dinner down the street from the San Agustin Urubamba Hotel on the main drag was nice. Sorry, can't find the name, but they had a nice front lawn with an outdoor bar and a couple guys playing music. The pisco sour was quite decent and the trout was tasty. The next afternoon, we stumbled upon El Huacatay not knowing that this is universally recommended and certainly not expecting our best meal of the trip to be in Urubamba. The prices seemed high for lunch but we had an amazing tuna tartare with some avocado thing (photo) on the side then split a gnocchi dish with chicken, sausage and more. The lounge area looked so cute, we decided to come back for a drink that evening and I experienced the perfect pisco sour (photo). Unfortunately, I think I confused them at Pizza Wasi asking for a pizza with no tomato sauce, so my friend didn't get any sauce either (unless that's how they serve them). We actually didn't need two pizzas anyway, and it took forever for them to come so I can't give it the high marks that many others do.
After the Machu Picchu tour, I had a nice 3 course meal at Hot Springs II, the highlight being the cream of corn soup (photo). Nice service, the gals were wishing that Hot Springs I customers would walk 30 seconds to this location. Since most of us had had substantial lunches, we just wanted a small snack for dinner and ended up at Norton's on the 2nd floor of the main square in Cusco. This is a total English/American pub type place with a million beers, flags from all over on the ceiling, pool tables, cute waiters who go to Brown Univ., etc. Our avocado/cheese sandwich was good, fries were okay, friends enjoyed their chicken sandwiches. We just stuck with the local Cusquena beer but many choices. Wandering around Cusco the next day, I had a couple excellent snacks from Ricuras Pasteleria then three of us hit the Museo del Pisco which had a cool vibe. I ordered some other pisco drink but he told me it couldn't be made cuz carrots were out of season (even tho it was a side dish on many meals) so had a decent pisco sour (that packed a punch) and Nick tried one of the drinks. That nite we had dinner across from the Jose Antonio Hotel but again, can't find the name. Tried alpaca but it wasn't done as well as another place. A few of us ended the nite at the cute little Kissaten Bar and Café, a block up Av El Sol (photo).
A never ending bus ride finally got us to Puno and we had dinner at La Casona on the main drag. The food was fine, nothing too exciting, but the waiter was great about splitting up our checks and when I saw the conversion of what the 3 courses cost, I'd give them an extra half star. We also spent some time at Positive Rock and Reggae bar across the street, they seemed happy enough to take my requests but the pisco sour wasn't up to snuff. We also enjoyed the cute café at La Casa del Corregidor.
Figured I'd write this up since Peru doesn't get a lot of buzz, of course it'd be more helpful if I had all the names of the restaurants.