Secret Rooms and Traditional Food of the Incas- Only In Antigua
For the past few months, I’ve passed Inca Restaurant on many occasions. Each time I tugged on my husband’s shirt and said – “We have to try this place out, it looks fantastic!” But, as we all know, life gets in the way. Either we are traveling or nursing a sick child.
Finally – we made it over!
Luis, the owner was our host and he was just delightful. But the greatest surprise came, as he took us for a tour around his restaurant.
From the outside, the Peruvian restaurant looks tiny, as though it’s only one small room. But as you walk deeper into the place, you discover there are 5 – almost – hidden rooms. The first one, after the bar area, is the garden room – that’s where we sat.
After the Garden room, is the main dining area, with the most amount of tables.
Then comes my favorite rooms of all. It’s not only that the room is isolated, with a fireplace.
But it’s the way you get there – through a narrow hallway resembling a tunnel way that the old churches used to have to walk to the convents under ground!
The final rooms are upstairs. You can find two more, small rooms – one that overlooks the bar and the other that is almost private with a private bathroom.
What a great layout! But what truly impressed us most was the food. I’ve been to Peruvian restaurants before around Guatemala and Costa Rica. But they were commercialized and served what they thought you wanted to eat.
Inca Restaurant, is different. They serve true and traditional Peruvian fare! We started off with the Ceviche. Which is totally different than the one we are used to here in Central America.
Next we went on to try two main dishes. Each was rich and full in flavor.
Lomo Saltado – Beef Strips Sauteed in a special Peruvian Sauce
Aji de Gallina – Shredded Chicken in a Pecan Cream Sauce – YUM!
Overall it was a truly wonderful experience and we are already buying gift certificates to share with our friends!
Thanks Luis, it was delicious.
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