Great inexpensive lunch and dinner special menu
Posted on 01 / 12 / 2014
When I have to meet friends for lunch or dinner, this is the best deal, in a very centric location, a little hidden though but quiet, just steps from the main plaza and the cathedral. Even though I would prefer to go to visit my friend Lojita who has a vegetarian lunch menu stand in the San Blas Market, El Encuentro at El Tigre is much more convenient since I usually stay in hostals near the plaza which are not as expensive as those in the San Blas hill. There are a couple more of El Encuentro restaurants, but as far as I remember at least the one at Ruinas Street has a little more expensive lunch and many times is difficult to find a seat for lunch.
The food at all El Encuentro restaurants is kind of the same in all of them, they use a lot of local, seasonal, native ingredients, which I think is fabulous, inexpensive too and since when in Peru I want to eat local food, quinua, different kind of potatoes and corns, native herbs and seasonings, yummy...which are served mainly during lunch and dinner menus that they change every day, and are advertised in a little board they hang by the door . The also have a printed set menu with other stuffs I'm not so interested in like more traditional restaurant food made vegetarian, like burgers, pasta, etc, but they are more expensive than the lunch special.
I just wish they give bigger size dish plates for the salad, just because they have such a delicious salad bar. Next time in Cusco I'll tell this suggestion to the owner, who I first met in a Vegetarian Fair to promote a vegetarian feast as an alternative to the traditional "chiriuchu" (festival dish with many different kinds of animal corpses) that we had in Cusco about 7 years ago, so I can tell he is a convinced truthful vegetarian good man who practices and promotes what he believes. Not as other vegetarian places I've been (specially one vegan food chain in the states) who just use the vegetarian food sales as a business...
Since this is my first review, may be I got too excited and wrote so much. But just to finalize I can say that I strongly recommend El Encuentro, as one of my top favorites.
Inexpensive, Centrical, Quiet
Could get crowded