Cusco Cafe

Cusco Cafe, run by long-term Peruvian residents, have become an important part of the thriving international community here. This place is a pivotal point for many of our international residents and visitors. Cusco, and their sister restaurant Tinto, are two of the only multilingual restaurants in the city- Spanish, English and Japanese speakers will all feel very comfortable here.

As they are open everyday of the year (no holidays) from 9am-11pm (last order), Cusco’s is a great resource for residents and travelers who want a decent meal at a decent price anytime of day.

First opened in November, 2002, Cusco cafe specializes in Peruvian, Spanish, Mexican and Italian foods. They also offer the best breakfast and lunch sets in town available any day of the week. For larger groups and parties, there are special group deals and party plans which include a variety of dishes for less than 3,000 yen per person and add an all-you-can-drink deal (90 minutes) for 1,500 yen. Also, if you give them a couple of days notice, there are more specialty dishes and birthday or wedding cakes that can be ordered custom-made.

The menu is one of the biggest I have seen in Hiroshima- sandwiches, pizza and pastas, lazagne, paella, quesadillas, nachos, tacos, Peruvian meat dishes, fried foods, Brazilian sausage, spicy fried chicken, spare ribs, smoked meats and cheese, Empanadas meat pies, sauteed seafood dishes, grilled meats, as well as ice-cream sundaes and homemade cakes and pies. Most dishes from the general menu (available all day) cost around ¥1000-¥2000 per dish and are quite generous portion sizes. Breakfast is served everyday from 9-11am, the special daily lunch sets are ¥900 or less and are available from 11am-3pm. The a la carte and cafe menu is then available between 3-5pm and the dinner specials start at 5pm and can be ordered until 11pm.

cusco cafe interior

As in the south american tradition, most dishes are very meaty, if you are a vegetarian there are some non-meat choices on the regular menu and the staff are happy to change any dishes you are interested in to suit your needs. The staff at Cusco are always welcoming and friendly, its no wonder they have built up some very loyal regulars over the years.

The drink menu is similarly impressive as it spans a few pages of wine selections, specialty spirits, cocktails, beers and non-alcoholic options. Happy hour is from 3pm to 7pm everyday when any drink on the menu is discounted to ¥300.

One of the Cusco owners, also runs three popular nightlife venues- Mambos where you can learn and enjoy Salsa dancing and Barcos which is a dance club especially popular on weekends when they pump out loud hip-hop and popular dance music for the crowd. Also behind the annual Sundance summer music festival on Miyajima island held every August which showcases live music, dance performances and international food stalls.

Address: 5-23 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi (near the Hiroshima YMCA)
Tel: 082-502-7366  

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Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.

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