You’re standing in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ve just seen the breathtaking ruins of Saqsayhuaman, you’ve purchased an alpaca sweater, and then, all of a sudden, you realize that you’re starving.
What you need to do is immediately walk to the northwest corner of the plaza and walk 2 blocks up Calle Plateros to Morena Peruvian Kitchen.
The decor is rustic, yet colorful, featuring white plaster, Cusqueño stones, and local artwork. Your host will seat you (as long as there isn’t a wait) in a comfortable wicker chair with cusions, and you’ll be presented with the menu.
Follow your stomach, you can’t really go wrong here. I highly recommend the Lomo Saltado Tacu Tacu Criollo, which is a twist on a famous Peruvian dish. It features filet mignon, cooked to perfection, sauteed with soy sauce, red wine, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro. Then, with a twist, they toss in some Peruvian seafood to add a little flavor and serve it all over rice and beans that have been flash fried in olive oil and are perfectly crispy.
The freshly squeezed lime-ade, featuring lemon grass, is the perfect drink to accompany your lomo saltado.
The service is impeccable, the food delicious and inventive, and the experience helps to create the ending to a perfect day in Cusco.
Morena Peruvian Kitchen gets busy, so make a reservation if you can.
MORENA PERUVIAN KITCHEN
348-B Calle Plateros Cusco
Open Every Day from 12PM – 10PM
To view the menu, please click here.