Quinta Eulalia is another recommendation we got from a local painter. Walk your way up the narrow cobbled streets north of Plaza de Armas to the artisan district of San Blas. Go through the blue doors and continue down until you reach the stairs. Go up the stairs and enter the quinta, a semi-open-air Perviuan restaurant. Quinta Eulalia serve classic dishes like cuy (guinea pig), so those who are particularly sensitive to “pets,” you have been forewarned.
Cusquena 5 pesos
I am more of an ale beer girl, but I do appreciate a good lager here and there. Cusqueña is a light pale lager from Cusco. Brewed since 1911, they use pure mountain water from a source at 18,000 feet in the Andes. Moreover, it is a 100 percent malt brew and one of the few beer products from South American that is brewed in accordance with the German purity law. Cusqueña offers a good, clean, malt taste that is crisp and smooth for an everday drinking beer.
Chairo 7 soles
Chairo is a beef and lamb soup with potatoes, lima beans, cabbage, chuño or dehydrated potatoes, wheat, and chalona or dried lamb. This version even had some tangerines too! One of my favorite soups from the whole trip and even in general. We only ordered it because Medi wasn’t feeling well that day. Super hearty, filling, and favorable. I would rather have this than chicken noodle soup any day.
Lechon 25 pesos
Roasted suckling pig
Lechon or roasted suckling pig is a dish commonly prepared for special occasions and typically accompanied by tamales. The meat from these young pigs are apparently more tender because it has more collagen. The lechon at Quinta Eulalia was delicious, juicy, and of course tender. There were moments when it was a bit on the salty side for me personally, but overall great. The stuffed pepper and the sweet tamale were a great compliment to the meal as well.
Cuy Chactado 38 pesos
Fried guinea pig
Cuy or guinea pig was an Incan delicacy and eaten only on special occasions. In Spanish versions of “The Last Supper” guinea pig is even depicted as the main meal, so there was no way I was not going to try this delicacy. I even use to have a pet guinea pig when I was a kid. It did not matter to me because I knew it was not MY guinea pig. I eat cows, pigs, chickens, and etc and those animals are pets to many people as well, so does not seem right to discriminate against. Since I am an American, I should treat all creatures equally, by eating them all
I will be honest, it is a bit appalling to see because it is served whole. But I got over it and started picking away. The flavor is like pork and tender. I did really enjoy it. However, I failed miserably at getting some of the meat off the bones. Reminded me of eating chicken feet. Lots of work for not much of protein. Decided then and there that I would never order a whole cuy ever again. Ha!
FYI – Tourist restaurants charge almost twice as much for cuy. For a reasonable price, go somewhere local like Quinta Eulalia or La Cusquenita.
Address: Calle Choquechaca N 384
Hours: Lunch Only