Eat local — El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Our lecturer on board the ship highly recommended El Mochica Restaurant, a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas (the main city square) in the center of Trujillo, for their excellent seafood.

Local dancers performing for diners at luncheon at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Local dancers performing for diners at luncheon at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

We were very surprised upon entering around 2:00 p.m. to find the restaurant nearly full (the Peruvian lunch hour is much later than in the U.S.) with a DJ playing local dance music for the entertainers to perform for more than an hour while we dined at a nearby table.

Camarones (prawns), Peruvian potatoes and avocado salad (starter) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Camarones (prawns), Peruvian potatoes and avocado salad (starter) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

The prawn salad was as good as it looks!  We loved the addition of the Peruvian potatoes and the avocado.

Arroz con mariscos (rice with local seafood) (entree) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Arroz con mariscos (rice with local seafood) (entree) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

The rice had crab, along with clams, mussels, shrimp, and the ubiquitous octopus.

Pollo assado (broiled chicken) (entree) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Pollo assado (broiled chicken) (entree) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Yes, a simple dish and about as boring as it looks.  Very good French fries and the salad was a good addition (we found that not many restaurants in South America plate entrees with vegetables, which we really miss in our travels).

Guisado de los mariscos y yuca (seafood stew with yucca) (entree) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

Guisado de los mariscos y yuca (seafood stew with yucca) (entree) at El Mochica Restaurant, Trujillo, Peru

This was another good seafood dish featuring local ingredients.

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