Morena Peruvian Kitchen in Cusco, Peru, left me enthralled. As a passionate explorer of global cuisines and new delicacies, I’ve unheard of, my recent visit to the restaurant was everything and more.
I found the restaurant on TikTok and was told it was one to visit, so I convinced the group I was travelling with to visit on our last day in Cusco. The restaurant is in a quiet corner and promises a gastronomic journey to the heart of Peru.
Since starting my travel food journey, I have told myself to start writing blog posts on restaurants I visit when travelling. The focus has been mainly been on Cooking Travel Talks, but today, I wanted to publish my first restaurant review.
I will be improving as I go along my food travel journey – Either way, it encourages you to travel and go to the restaurants I eat at! Continue reading and let me know what you think!
Morena Peruvian Kitchen
From the moment I saw the Morena Peruvian Kitchen, I was captivated by its white walls, and once I entered, I loved the atmosphere! We secured a table for six people and arrived just as they opened around midday. Believe it or not, the restaurant was packed when we entered, which was unsurprising!
Morena Peruvian Kitchen is dedicated to preserving Peruvian culinary traditions. The staff’s eagerness to share stories about the dishes and ingredients added a layer of cultural immersion to the experience.
The fusion of traditional Peruvian elements and the contemporary design set the stage for an unforgettable dining adventure.
What to order:
- Arroz Con Mariscos
- Pisco Sour
The presentation of dishes at Morena Peruvian Kitchen is a work of art. Each plate is a canvas showcasing Peruvian ingredients’ vibrancy and diversity, making every course a feast for the eyes.
I had already had a large breakfast at the hotel we stayed at, Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, so I wasn’t particularly hungry but was keen to taste the Ceviche, which is one of Peru’s national dishes.
I loved the taste of Ceviche; it was everything I expected it to be. You can order different types of fish for Ceviche, but I ordered the trout, typically served raw, marinated and cooked in citrus juices like lime or lemon. Mine also came with roasted corn, which is widely consumed in Peru.
They also added citrus juice, which denatures the proteins in the fish, giving it a cooked texture and opaque appearance. It’s typically mixed with onions, cilantro, chilli peppers, and other seasonings. I asked for mine to be spicy and wasn’t disappointed.
I also had the privilege of trying the Arroz Con Mariscos as a main course. The presentation was nothing short of exquisite—a canvas of risotto rice adorned with succulent grilled seafood, vibrant Peruvian chilis, and an artful garnish of chalaquita.
Remarkably, even delicate flowers graced the dish! While risotto isn’t typically my initial choice, this creation was a testament to culinary mastery. Every delectable bite was a delight that painted a smile on my face.
Finally, we surrendered to our sweet tooth, choosing the Cacao—a captivating medley starring Peruvian chocolate ice cream, a decadent brownie, a silky chocolate mousse, a scattering of caramelized peanuts, and a delicate drizzle of chocolate sauce.
While I typically steer clear of chocolate ice cream, this creation held an extraordinary allure. It served as a poignant reminder of the magic that can unfold when one embraces new culinary adventures.
The bar staff’s expertise in mixology shone through. They gave us a fantastic display while making our drinks, which only elevated the experience. My visit wouldn’t have been complete without sipping a Pisco Sour—a quintessential Peruvian cocktail that seamlessly combines sweet, sour, and aromatic notes. I loved it and would highly recommend trying it!
Final Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My final verdict for Morena Peruvian Kitchen is an enthusiastic five stars. The cost of the food is relatively affordable, and cards pesos are accepted. The restaurant’s commitment to authenticity, impeccable service, and a menu that’s a love letter to Peru’s culinary heritage truly impressed me.
In closing, Morena Peruvian Kitchen isn’t just a restaurant—it’s a portal to Peru’s diverse regions, traditions, and flavours. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or an avid food enthusiast, this establishment offers an unparalleled opportunity to embark on a culinary odyssey.
It’s worth also noting that Morena Peruvian Kitchen has two sibling establishments dedicated to the art of Peruvian cuisine, conveniently located within walking distance: Campo Cocina Andina and Ceviche Meat & Wine Co. These complementary ventures enrich the culinary landscape, collectively offering an array of authentic flavours from Peru. I will undoubtedly visit these restaurants the next time I’m in Peru.
I invite you to step into Morena Peruvian Kitchen, where each dish is a story, and every bite is an adventure. Let your senses be your guide as you savour the vibrant soul of Peru right here in Cusco.
Reflecting on my time in Peru, I’m excited to share my experiences through an upcoming blog post. Immersing myself in the country’s rich culture, vibrant landscapes, and exquisite cuisine has been captivating.
I hope you’ve found this restaurant guide as enjoyable to read as it was for me to write. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section if you want more insights and stories. Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post, and let’s continue this journey together!
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