Splurge Restaurant Reviews: Chicha & Uchu

After weeks or months of adventure travel on a backpacker budget, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a meal at a highly rated restaurant. Luckily, the food scene in Cusco is thriving and the variety of dishes is astounding. Chicha and Uchu are excellent choices, and both are located within a few blocks of Pariwana Hostel.

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Chicha is one of Gaston Acurio’s restaurants and highlights the celebrity chef’s modern take on traditional Peruvian dishes. The Trout Tarter and Cucuruchus (shells made of quinoa) is a popular appetizer and doesn’t disappoint with its mix of spicy and savory flavors. The Adobo, a spicy pork stew, is a relatively affordable main course at 34 soles. The cocktail list is enormous and each one costs about 20 soles. Overall, a meal here with a drink, appetizer, and main dish will cost about 100 soles, but it’s well worth it for the dining experience.

Uchu is the most highly rated Peruvian restaurant on Tripadvisor, and for a good reason. The décor is like your most fabulous friend’s living room, service is attentive and the food is some of the best in town. The menu contains a variety of stuffed fried potatoes, which offer an upgraded take on Peruvian street food. The steak, however, is the specialty here and is served with a variety of sauces. Dessert is not to be missed. Try the Pisco Mousse for something a little different. A meal here will cost about 70 soles.