Trip to Peru Day 5
Location: Cusco- Deva Restaurant
Cost: We spent about $40 for our meal, and splurged on the delicacy
Time: Plan at least 1 hour, but get there early- they fill up fast and the wait can get pretty long!
We had heard you must try either Cuy (guinea pig) or llama steak while in Cusco. They are delicacies, and when in Rome, err Cusco, right? After petting llamas the day before, and hearing that guinea pig actually tastes like a sweeter chicken, we opted for that at Deva Restaurant.
They start off every meal with fried corn and pisac sours. We aren't drinkers, but appreciated the gesture and commitment to have tourists try many authentic Peruvian food staples.
We also learned we love the lemonade, which has a bit of mint added. We started ordering a pitcher at every meal.
We wanted to start with something safe. Quinoa is a staple there, and the quinoa con leche was seriously some of the best stuff we've ever had! We've been on the search for this recipe ever since- quinoa, cheese, various spices, and milk are divine!
We feel so lucky that after being immersed in Spanish it came back to us, and we were able to really enjoy the people. We had a good chat with the waiter who was studying English and hospitality, and he asked if he could take us back to the kitchen and show us how they prepare cuy, so he could practice his English. We were happy to oblige! It was quite the adventure to head back and see how they are deep fry them whole with stones to weigh them down and add flavor.
When it came out- it was looking at us! The waiter turned to Jacob and asked if he wanted the head cut off and re-served. Jacob didn't even hesitate "YES PLEASE!"
I want to say it was tons better, but honestly, we were a little grossed out having skin on the pieces, very little meat, and all the innards to eat around. However, we were committed and we went for it!