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CLOSED: El Encuentro - Choquechaca

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )


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Choquechaca 136, Cusco, Peru,

One of 3 locations, this one offers all vegetarian and vegan meals (per March 2013 report) and occupies a much larger space than the Sta. Catalina Ancha location. Mostly vegan except some honey and dairy products used in the desserts. OCT 2014 REPORTED SHUT THIS OUTLET.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Peruvian

Reviews (8)

First Review by TheHealthyBackpacker

best chips and guac EVER - Edit

Seriously, the chips tasted like someone's abuela (grandma) made a tortilla and then fried it up five seconds earlier. The guacamole is fresh and flavorful. My non-veg friends loved this place, especially the chips & guac and the pisco sour (tasty lime cocktail). If you want to try a vegan version of the Peruvian national dish lomo saltado, try it here: rich and delicious.

Pros: large varied menu, extremely reasonable prices, good portions

Cons: all desserts have dairy, eggs or honey

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Casual Vegan Fare - Edit

As a vegan, I so appreciated the 3 branches of El Encuentro in Cusco (all separately owned with same menu).

-low key, casual atmosphere
-fresh juices, homemade herb teas, soups, veg takes in Peruvian dishes, great crepes
-try the chips and guacamole--so good we ate it daily during our trip
-quinoa/veggie soup and lentil soup were fantastic
-great value for vegan fare
-would not recommend the vegan version of Cusco dish chicharones or lentil burger (dry)

Aside from a few misfires listed, we would highly recommend!

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Worst Food So Far - Edit

There are three EL Encuentro's in Cusco.
One of them is fantastic - not this one.
Despite other people recommending this place, my experience was far from satisfying. The food was over-cooked and inedible. Packet mash potato, rock hard vege burgers and service without any type of smile. We tried to eat the food but gave up in the end.

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False Advertising - Edit

"El Encuentro" is advertised as a vegetarian restaurant on their business cards, flyers, and posters - but some non-veg items are listed on the menu (e.g., "Saltado de Atun").

The "Primavera spaguetti" ordered was sub-standard and included watered down tomato sauce. The fruit salad was the best part of the meal. It was served with sweet-tasting, fresh fruit.

El Encuentro is a mostly-vegetarian restaurant; but the food is not that appetizing to begin with.

Pros: Decent fruit salad

Cons: Slow service, Non-tasty food

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Delicious and inexpensive - Edit

I ate their twice for dinner. Each time, the set meal of soup, rice with stew, bread, and tea, cost 4 soles (less than $1.50). The meal was delicious and healthy. The atmosphere is intimate, the service friendly, and the food of good value. They also sell locally made granola and honey.

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