Peruvian in Huancayo

This classy establishment is the local eatery of choice in El Tambo district, where Real becomes Castilla northwest of town. A flower-filled courtyard and walls decorated with San Pedro de Cajas tapestries and poems set the ambience for tucking into regional goodies such as pachamanca (meat cooked in an earthen ‘oven’ of hot rocks).

Other delights include papas a la huancaína (potatoes with a creamy cheese sauce) and ceviche de trucha (river-trout ceviche). It’s all well presented and the service comes with a smile. Lunchtime is best for a visit; at other times it can be very quiet. A taxi ride from the center is S3.