Heart’s Cafe, Ollantaytambo, Peru

During our visit to Ollantaytambo and the Incan ruins we were able to visit a restaurant with a great cause: Heart’s Cafe.

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This restaurant not only focuses on serving up nutritious food but also helping out impoverished communities in the Andes. How could you not want to dine here with such a great cause!

After hiking around the ruins and freezing from the rain, I wanted something warm, asap! I opted for the Lentil Soup, which came with in house baked bread and butter.

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This is quite possibly one of the greatest lentil soups I have ever had in my life. I don’t know what herbs and such they put in this, but I didn’t want it to end! It had a nice kick to it and was simply amazing. 5, 000 cheers to the chef who made this! I also got a garden salad on the side as they specify it’s washed in purified water, so tourists don’t end up with a stomach ache and more.

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This is probably one of the only times I have been able to eat beets and not whine about it tasting like dirt! I don’t know what it was about these ones but I enjoyed them and ate them all! I think it just goes to show how much our taste buds change over time.

I also had the pleasure of sharing some desserts with my friends including one I’d never heard of and was thoroughly impressed by! Presenting, Banoffi Pie.

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Oh my. My oh my. This was one delicious dessert…for a few bites that I got to take without the whipped cream. Anyhow, this dessert has a graham crackers crust which is topped with a caramel layer, then topped with bananas and whipped cream. This version is frozen, but from what I can tell from recipe searches online it’s not supposed to be that way. I don’t care though, it was great frozen! I’m a huge fan of frozen bananas!

We also ordered a piece of their chocolate cake, which had a layer of strawberry in the middle and topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I enjoyed this cake, butility not as much as the ones I’ve tried in Cuzco. A little dry for my tea taste if I have to say so.

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We also tried another dessert which I sadly didn’t get a picture of and absolutely LOVED: Apple Crumble with Custard. This was by far the best apple crumble I have ever had at a restaurant. The crust on top was perfect, just sweet and crumbley enough to be called a crumble, and the apple layer was loaded with cinnamon that made my tastebuds sing! I’m going to be going back to Ollantaytambo with Whit in a few days so I’ll go back and get a picture of it then! It is something I don’t want to forget!

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I didn’t they anything else at the restaurant but am planning on making a donation to them when I go back! I want to help out in any way I can other than just by eating there, as all their profitable go to their projects!

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2 Responses to Heart’s Cafe, Ollantaytambo, Peru

  1. Mica says:

    I’m sad that the chocolate cake was a little dry, but now I’m super pumped about banoffi pie! I just googled it.

  2. Biz says:

    Soup and fresh bread?? It doesn’t get any better! :D

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