Nowadays, a traveler’s experience of Peruvian food can be a unique experience, considering that Peru has the best, most interesting and varied food offer in Latin America. It can also be a double-edged sword, especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Many travelers return with fond memories of the exquisite and surprising range of flavors, while others return with their stomachs crawling with bacteria or parasites. Choose where you eat carefully and work from the recommendations on this website or from fellow travelers. Peruvians often recommend huariques, or hole-in-the-wall restaurants that work well for their hardy stomachs, but not necessarily for yours.
Service at Peruvian restaurants is service is broken down into various steps, which include receiving the menu, ordering, waiting for food, waiting for the bill, and then waiting for change. If you are eating lunch, you can order from the fixed menú, the fixed menu of the day, usually a list of prepared entrées and main courses that can be served quickly. À la carte items are more expensive than the menú. Many travelers choose to make their own breakfasts by buying yogurt, cereal, and some fruit if they have the facilities at the hostel. If you get good service it is encouraged to leave around 10 percent of the bill as a gratuity.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition