On offer, a range of exotic peruvian fruit mousse desserts including from top left: aguayamanto (also known as a ground cherry, peruvian cherry tomato, cape gooseberry), cherimoya (custard apple), manzana (apple), chocolate brownie (see below), sauco (elderberries) and lúcuma.
I had already tried the cherimoya in a juice on our first visit and was keen to try another novel concoction so I asked what a lúcuma was. The waiter said it was a tropical fruit, best eaten in summer and asked if I wanted to see it before ordering anything...
a good coffee is hard to come by... even here!
Oh yeah... food perve!
Before we finished our meal, the waiter returned and gave me a lustrous brown seed- the size of a chestnut. He said that the cook was happy I had shown such interest and wanted to give me a gift of the lucuma seed, so I could take it back to Australia and hopefully try to grow it there too. Unfortunately, though with customs being extra persistent I wouldn't have risked it, but then again after a few days in my luggage the outer coating of the seed cracked from dehydration and it didn't even make it out of cusco.
... a very pretty seed indeed (though the reflection of my camera off it's surface sort of spoils it!)