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Recommendation for La Cofradia Restaurant

This restaurant just opened on Presidente Cordova at Padre Aguirre, right opposite San Francisco Plaza. It is in a beautifully restored space. A friend and I had lunch there a few days ago. We received a very warm welcome from our waiter, who spoke perfect English. He brought us not just the menus, but soft blankets to cover our laps and legs on a chilly day. I've only ever had that at the cafe restaurant at the Larga Museum in Lima. Nice touch.

Both the drinks and food menus are extensive. You can get anything from a sandwich to inventive salads to pasta to big main courses. They serve breakfast too (but not on Sundays). We wondered if the sheer number of dishes on the menu was a sign that the food would be bad. We needn't have worried.

My friend had a vegetarian panini which she said was delicious and great fries, which had obviously been handcut and freshly cooked to perfection. They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I tried the salmon, because I thought that would be a real test for the chef. It earned an 'A'. The waiter asked how I wanted it done and it came cooked pink in the center just as I'd requested. The quinoa 'risotto' that accompanied it was delicious.

The seating is on comfortable armchairs or sofas, and we had a view from the window to the Cuenca sign in the San Francisco plaza. This is not an 'almuerzo' restaurant and the prices reflect that. But the warm and friendly service, the beautiful surroundings and especially the terrific food is worth it. We're going back for dinner sometime to try one of the interesting cocktails and desserts.

La Cofradia is a great addition to the Cuenca dining scene.

Address: Presdente Cordova at Padre Aguirre.

Contact information:  +593 7 283 1251

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