When it comes to fine dining, there are increasing options popping up in the Sacred Valley. but one of the first ever such restaurants is el Huacatay.
Situated in a jasmine-scented garden in the heart of Urubamba, this small restaurant focuses on modern Peruvian dishes, with locally sourced ingredients – and a twist.
When we entered the place, we were greeted by friendly, professional waiters who seated us outside. The eatery was already mainly reserved, and we were lucky to get a table – do reserve in advance, especially during the high season!
Within 5 minutes of being seated, our table was graced with plates of tangy black olives, hot bread with two sauces and our drinks order was taken shortly afterwards.
The menu offered several vegetarian options, and most dishes could be made vegan-friendly, too.
I chose ajies stuffed with finely chopped vegetables and quinoa, topped with a drizzle of sweet beetroot sauce and cheese. I adored the textures and flavours, but actually found the cheese to be out of place on this sweet, healthy dish. It was accompanied by hot, creamy mashed potatoes topped with a nest of fried camote (sweet potatoes).
One of my companions selected the grilled trout with a smattering of tomato herb sauce, with a side of herbed quinoa, all of which she proclaimed moist, fresh and delicious.
My second dining partner chose the vegan green curry, and was served with a pyramid of rice surrounded by a sea of mildly spicy green curried vegetables, served with kiwicha crusted plantains and topped off with a crown of sweet potato threads. She adored every bite, and was reluctant to let anyone else try!
To end our meal, after agonising over the many tempting and unique dessert offerings, we decided to share the poached plums wonderfully married with a dusting of rosemary and served with a bitter cherry sorbet, and a quinoa rice-pudding in a light butter biscuit tulip.
The meal was efficiently served by waiters that were clearly highly trained and professional. We spent just under 200 soles for three main dishes, dessert, two lemonades and a gorgeous red fruit infusion.
Jr Arica 620, Urubamba
Valle Sagrado de los Incas
Cusco – Perú > Ver Mapa