Wanting to add some spice and balance to our countrified lives, daughter and I traveled from, Clever, Mo to a little taste of Peru happening in nearby - downtown Springfield. I had read a two-page spread about Cafe Cusco in the Ozark Spark. Immediately, I told Stephanie that we would be trying something different this Saturday evening. Turns out Cafe Cusco is a wonderful place to assuage deep growling hunger pangs.
Our hostess, as we walked across the threshold past the curtains, (a light airy touch) greeted us immediately. I glanced about the room as she checked her seating on the paper list. She showed us a table in front of the large window...at first I balked.
But when she offered us a booth deeper towards the back of the restaurant I heard myself say, “No this is fine.”
That little table overlooking the corner of N. Robberson St. and E. Commercial St. proved to be ideal. People were alive with anticipation of finding a treasure and we found our gem at Cafe’ Cusco.
After perusing the menu at our leisurely pace we each decided on rice dishes - hers: Arroz Con Pollo (Rice with chicken) - Sauteed chicken and rice in white wine and garlic with aji verde, corn, peas, carrot, onion and red pepper, topped with fresh cilantro.
I can attest to its goodness because all was eaten with much gusto and with a desire to return!
For my dinner I had their, Arroz Con Mariscos - Sauteed calamari (I love squid) and shrimp with rice in white wine and garlic with aji amarillo, lime juice, corn, peas, carrot, onion and red pepper, topped with bonito flakes and cilantro.
I shook some of their homemade hot sauce over the top of it. I loved the taste, though, found myself reaching for my glass of ice water with lime. Not because of a hotness, but the meal was dryer than I was accustomed...still delicious.
I asked for a cup of Peruvian coffee, but they only had dark roast Brazilian. Just to let you know - dark roast does not mean strong or bitter - this coffee was neither. It was delicioso. But, the taste gave me a desire for dessert.
Stephanie enjoyed, Coconut Tres Leches
Torn Angel food cake soaked in three milk syrup with coconut cream and apricot nectar, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
And I had, Torta de Askinosie Rich Gluten-free chocolate cake soaked with coffee and topped with Askinosie caramel fudge frosting, whip cream cinnamon and cocoa nibs.
And then when I could eat no more, Steph finished off the Torta. It was too sweet for my taste but was a good accompaniment to my coffee.
Cafe’ Cusco rates a solid 8 out of 10 stars...or 4 out of 5. I loved the atmosphere and the wait people were all (as far as I could tell) top notch and our waitress in particular deserves a 10 out of a possible 10! She was terrific!
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