Kanka’s Pollos y Parrilas, Cusco

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CUSCO | Kanka’s Pollos y Parrilas is a small restaurant about a 20 minute walk from Cusco’s main square that focuses on one of Peru’s most popular dishes – Pollo a la Brasa aka Peruvian chicken. This Peruvian form of charcoal chicken is distinguished from other charcoal and rotisserie chickens around the world by the spice mix that’s used to season the chicken. Everyone has their own recipe, but it’s generally a combination of vinegar, dark beer or soy sauce, salt, pepper, chili, rosemary or cumin and paprika.

You see charcoal chicken spots all over Peru, and it’s clear that they are very popular. We selected Kanka’s Pollos y Parrilas for a simple reason – our Uber driver pointed it out to us on the way into town from Cusco’s airport, and mentioned that it was his favourite. It’s a simple space – plain walls with a few decorations, basic seating and tables, and a TV showing local soap operas. There’s no English anywhere, but the menu is very simple – choose the amount of chicken you want, along with the option of chips, salad and a few desserts.

We opted for a half chicken and chips and, quite simply, it was delicious. The chicken was large, moist, and tender, with a crispy, flavoursome skin. The chips were cooked just right, and seasoned with a delicious slightly spiced salt. While waiting we were served a hearty broth made from chicken bones and offal which was also delicious. To sweeten the deal, the whole thing only cost around USD$10 and filled the two of us up nicely.

It’s often said that taxi drivers know the real best spots in town to eat, and Kanka’s Pollos y Parrilas is a place that proves the point.

Kanka’s Pollos y Parrilas

San Martin 408
Cusco
Cusco 08000
Peru

Telephone: +51 84 598656
E-mail: n/a
Website: n/a

Open
Mon – Sun: 1:00pm to 12:00am

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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