Tupananchis: A dining experience in Cusco, PeruBy Rodney L. Dodig
On a recent trip to Cusco I had the astounding luck of stumbling across an excellent restaurant in the historical district of Cusco called Tupananchis. The restaurant is located on the Plazoletta Espinar across from the Iglesias de Merced. This is only one block off of the main plaza, “Plaza de Armas.” I was in the square to watch a fashion show that was part of an International Film Festival and had arrived early. I decided to go ahead with dinner and liked what I saw from the door. I must also note that the customers who were in the restaurant at the time looked very happy with their meals.
The menu and recipes were built and perfected by the owners Gisele Diaz Nishiyama and Julio Leon Rosas. Chef Marcelo Bolivar who has been at the restaurant for three years now, prepares these dishes to perfection. The menu is extensive and is in both Spanish and English for the comfort of their customers. The dishes covered a wide variety of cuisines from Italian to Peruvian but all have a slight Peruvian infusion into the flavors. There are thirteen main courses on the menu and a nice selection of Peruvian wines to accompany the meals.
The décor of the restaurant was incredibly tasteful with beautiful paintings by local artists adorning the walls. It is a very intimate atmosphere and very suitable for a nice romantic dinner. They are open for both Lunch and dinner. I enjoyed both a Dinner and Lunch and can h
ighly recommend the following courses:
Suprema de Pollo Piamontesa
Chicharrón de Cuy Novo Andina
Sensación de Pina
Mousse de Pisco Sour
I wish I had the time to try all their courses. They sounded as delicious as the ones I had tried. For those who care about price ranges, my meals ranged from $25 - $35 US. This included the Main course, a dessert and two glasses of wine plus a coffee. If you happen to be in Cusco on your way to Machu Picchu or for any other reason, please take the time to enjoy a meal at this superior eatery. Their web site is www.tupananchis.com
which, when I went to it on the web was still under construction [editor's note: the English page is under construction, the Spanish page works fine].
To learn more about Rodney, you can read his bio at the end of this article!
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