La Feria Cusco: La Feria is a great place to get traditional Peruvian food. It has a great view of Plaza De Armas, Cusco Cathedral, and Templo de la Compañía de Jesús.
After an 18 day South America trip, I wanted to some comfort food in Cusco, Peru. I’ve always been a huge Peruvian food fan; I love all the traditional dishes like Ceviche (or Cebiche), Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and Arroz con Pollo. Peruvian food is a great example of comfort food. In the last 3 years, I’ve traveled a bit and I found Peru in my top 3 food destinations. The other two are Spain and Japan. I would consider Peru to be South America’s top dining destination even though it doesn’t have any Michelin stars. La Feria Cusco
Cusco is definitely a touristy city. The town is filled with restaurants, shops and bars catering to tourists; I didn’t want to eat at any of the touristy restaurants. I had my mind set on Lomo Saltado and Aji de Gallina for dinner; La Feria was recommended by a local. It’s in Plaza De Armas with a lot of other restaurants. La Feria Cusco
The restaurant’s decor isn’t anything spectacular. However, it was casual with its wooden tables, Peruvian decor, and window seats. I could smell the wonderful aromas as I made my way up the stairs. Fortunately, I was a little early for dinner and there wasn’t a soul in the restaurant. I had the restaurant all to myself. La Feria Cusco
The waiter came by to drop off the menus. I ordered my Inka Cola then looked over the menu and he was really responsive. As always, I’m always torn on what to order when I look at à la carte menus. Everything looks tasty and I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to try their Aji de Gallina, Arroz con Pollo or Lomo Saltado. The waiter recommended the Lomo Saltado, but I decided to go with the Aji de Gallina too. La Feria Cusco
- Lomo Saltado – Lomo Saltado was served in a pan filled with goodness. The stir fried beef tenderloin reminds me of a French-inspired Vietnamese dish — Bo Luc Lac (i.e., Shaken beef). It has similar ingredients like onions, peppers, soy sauce, and rice; furthermore, the taste is similar to each other. La Feria’s Lomo Saltado comes with a fried egg on top, corn rice, and fried fries. The comforting ingredients provides warm settlements on my palate. There’s a reason Lomo Saltado is one of Peru’s most popular dishes. La Feria does a wonderful job with this traditional dish. La Feria Cusco
- Aji de Gallina – The Aji de Gallina arrived in a stone bowl. The creamy Aji de Gallina was place in the middle of the corn rice then topped with a hard-boiled egg, fried potatoes, and cilantro. The soothing flavors of the Aji de Gallina was fantastic with its shredded chicken breasts; the large Peruvian corn provided a plump texture to the traditional dish. The only issue I had with the dish was it didn’t come out piping hot and it tasted like it was sitting on the counter for a long time. La Feria Cusco
Overall, La Feria is a great option for traditional Peruvian food in Cusco. With so many options, La Feria does a fantastic job for anyone looking for non-touristy and traditional Peruvian dishes. I have to say that the Lomo Saltado was definitely better than the Aji de Gallina. It’s a bit pricey but Cusco is a touristy city, so it’s expected. La Feria Cusco
- Service - 7/107/10
- Presentation - 7/107/10
- Flavors - 8.5/108.5/10
- Decor - 6/106/10
- Ambiance - 7/107/10
Cusco’s La Feria is a great place to get traditional Peruvian food. It has a great view of Plaza De Armas, Cusco Cathedral, and Templo de la Compañía de Jesús. I have to say that the Lomo Saltado was definitely better than the Aji de Gallina.