The Kintaro japanese restaurant is tucked away on the second floor of No.334 Plateros Street, one block from Cusco’s main square. A surprisingly large space with high ceilings and simple japanese design including simple wooden furniture, japanese style lanterns and mural welcome you into this little corner of japan in the heart of Cusco.
The food is simple and tasty with no pretensions of grandeur. They do a good lunch menu which includes a barley tea, miso soup and a main from S/.26 (Approx. US$8). Our favorite mains include the ‘Kakiage-Don’ light vegetable tempura on rice and the Kashiwa-Udon a noodle soup with slices of chicken.
They also do a nice selection of appetizers or sides including a good country tofu salad and the Hourensou Gomaae – boiled spinach with sesame. For sushi lovers, they do a range of rolls from simple avocado or cucumber to the more elaborate and expensive special salmon roll with kanikama, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese and a rolled on a slice of smoked salmon or the inka roll with trout, avocado, cucumber. This isn’t a bad option if you want a light sushi roll to accompany your lunch or dinner.
The japanese owner Ken is usually always in the restaurant so the service is great and typically japanese in terms of courtesy and their desire to ensure each customer enjoys their meal. Overall, it’s a nice place to get a simple, light meal with different flavours than those usually found in Cusco.