The Spud Diaries – Entry 21 – One Last Gutful

The Spud Diaries – Entry 21 – One Last Gutful


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HIGH STACK: The cottage pie, as served at Jack's Cafe, Cusco. There is potato under that cheese and sauce there... somewhere.

HIGH STACK: The cottage pie, as served at Jack's Cafe, Cusco. There is potato under that cheese and sauce there... somewhere.

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The calendar has seemingly fast forwarded to the end of my trip so a final hearty meal is in order.

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AND just like that, I'm up to my last night in Peru.

This calls for a final meal and a nod to the diversity of the region so it's off to a small piece of Australia in the guts of Cusco – Jack's Café (also known as Jack's Australian Restaurant).

It's not serving meat pies, kangaroo and VB, but a menu rich with plenty to choose from.

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It may seem odd to go to a Western-style eatery when overseas but that thought quickly diminishes when a potato-related menu item catches my eye; cottage pie.

I'm reflecting on all I saw at the Potato Park, as well as the refreshing taste of the Inca Kola I'm consuming (still no word on that sponsorship) when placed in front of me is a towering meal which looks anything but a regular cottage pie.

It's tall and dripping in goodness, complete with mashed potato on the top.

DRINK UP: When in Peru, I choose to drink Inca Kola.

DRINK UP: When in Peru, I choose to drink Inca Kola.

It's a fitting way to end a stay in a town that has been heavily touched by tourism but maintains its authenticity and foundations.

The size of this meal puts to rest any idea I had of returning to a café I stopped in a few days earlier upon seeing the sign declaring "best chocolate cake in town".

I'm glad I tried it once. It certainly got my vote and is one of the cherished memories stored away. 

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  • Ashley Walmsley travelled to Peru with assistance from the Crawford Fund and with financial support from DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations.​ 
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