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Reviewed 23 April 2024

MIL is one of those places where more than captivating your taste buds, it encourages you to understand how all of these elements present in your dining table come together. It's an immersive experience and an innovative concept in which guests are treated to a...guided walk through the breathtaking mountains surrounding Maras. Along the way, we were encouraged to sample raw fruits plucked fresh from the trees and herbs, savoring their natural flavors and aromas. The experience of tasting the raw ingredients in their purest form was both enlightening and invigorating, offering a deeper connection to the land and its bounty. Before starting our degustation menu, we were shown how local working women dye organic textiles using natural ingredients. After, we were given 3 cocktails - the one made out of Mullaska was my absolute favorite- . Lastly we proceeded to be seated to start what would be our degustation menu with pairing. I could highlight different moments of the meal, but I do believe its one of those places you have to experience to comprehend. Sometimes the simplest ingredients, tell the best stories.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience and could be the most unique meal you have in your life. What Virgilio Martinez has created is magnificent. Being in this location, at this altitude, is remarkable in itself, but then you add the multi-sensory immersion of Mil...and it reveals a totally unique perspective of Peru. It is a destination in itself, and worth the journey and time (the 8 step tasting menu takes around 2.5 to 3 hours, and you want to allow a full day if you choose the full immersion experience). We were continually astonished and inspired as each beautiful course was presented. The entire place is a work of art. The courses were just large enough to savor, without being too filling, and the beverage pairings accompanied the dishes perfectly. It is nice there is a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage pairing options. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Mil and are so happy we were able to do it. Definitely add this to your Sacred Valley trip planning, but book well in advance, there are limited seatings each day.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

Virgilio Martinez, the chef behind Mil and Central restaurants in Peru, is spoken of in tones of awe in the foodie world and Central has just been named best restaurant in the world in the vacuous vehicle for PR puff that is the “50 best”...list. But perhaps the time has come to question whether the emperor has any clothes. Basing a tasting menu on the products of andean microclimates is a great gimmick but does it really make for a great restaurant. From this experience I would say no. Lunch takes at least a couple of hours and is presented as a series of “moments” - for which read very small plates, mostly to share. While they often looked pretty - lots of flower petals and interesting tableware - most were not remotely memorable and were poorly explained by a rather unhelpful waiter with a very limited grasp of english. Only two stood out, an alpaca stew with several types of quinoa, and a lamb tartare which by itself was delicious but was totally lost when we followed the waiter’s instructions to mix it with an unexceptional leaf salad and two sauces, one of which seemed a little too sweet. A mushroom and duck dish lacked any depth to the duck sauce and came with a small disc seemingly of sawdust. Other dishes, sorry “moments”, were possible interesting from a food anthropology perspective but were bland and stodgy. .The picture cards that accompanied each dish were often more interesting that the taste of the dish itself. These cards could have been a marvelous opportunity to compensate for the limited language skills of some of the staff by providing foreign guests more information on the ingredients and the ecosystem from which they came but instead were filled with incomprehensible prose more purple than the local potatoes. Two options for drink pairings were available. Sadly we opted for the non-alcoholic choice. A couple of fruit juices had distinctive and enjoyable flavours but several were as bland as the food they accompanied. The pairing for a corn dish could well have been the left over cooking water. Luckily we chose a red wine for the alpaca dish and the high altitude red suggested was a perfect match for the rich stew. The dining room is small and light with comfortable chairs and is a pleasant place to dine. However the service is mediocre and in some instances smug - detracting from the “experience”. However many other customers seemed more interested in their cellphones than in the food so perhaps that does not matter. Overall this was an expensive and unsatisfactory “experience”and, by the criteria one normally applies to top-end restaurants - warmth, hospitality, good food and drinks, and a comfortable ambience of guests clearly enjoying themselves - it was a very poor meal. There were none of the “wow” moments that were the highlights of great innovative restaurants like El Bulli, The Fat Duck or Can Roca and none of the technical tour de force displayed by Ducasse, Pic or Keller. A profound disappointment.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023 via mobile

First, a very pleasant drive to reach the restaurant and food research lab at Moray which is located at 3,800m altitude and about 90 minutes from Cusco. The location is in a magnificent spot and a walk around the property before, during, or after the...lunch experience is recommended. Not just to appreciate the environment but also to better understand what local produce is being grown on the property. As do most people, we had the 8-course (or "moment") lunch. Ingredients wonderfully fresh and all dishes beautifully presented. The staff were excellent (our server was Sofia who did a wonderful job at explaining each other dishes beforehand. We also chose to have a cocktail or wine pairing with each course which added to the enjoyment of the lunch. We would not hesitate to recommend this experience. For us, a genuine highlight of our holiday in Peru.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2022 via mobile

This restaurant is pure art. We found ourselves transported to an unexpected adventure of food derived straight from the land in the high Andes, prepared in the most innovative ways with extreme thoughtfulness. Colors that mixed with stories and carried through the food delighting multiple...senses. We are honored to have been in this magical place and to have been treated to some of the best food we will ever be exposed to in our lives. There are good restaurants but then there is Mil.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 16 November 2022

MIL was one of the best meals of our life, and the location and concept certainly contributed to its ranking. The scenery is stunning, particularly if you take the time to tour Maras and also work up an appetite - which you will need. The...presentation is art and something I anticipated at every course along with the actual food. The food itself was delicious and I'm in awe of the creativity exhibited in the fusion of such disparate ingredients to create the perfect "bite." The servers were lovely and hospitable. I recommend both the wine and non-alcoholic pairing, as there were some very interesting options in both. Highly recommend this experience!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 24 October 2022 via mobile

This unexpected oasis and food lab in Maras, Ecuador is an amazing culinary experience. The servers there take the time to explain what’s being presented and thoroughly connect the food with the land and the people. Highly recommended and don’t rush the 3-4 hour experience....Enjoy the foods, the history, the preparation.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 28 July 2022

It's a bit like modern art: the story around it is all important. Oh yes, a lab, preserving ancient food traditions of the high Andes. This place is very special for people who WANT to believe in fairy tales. However when it comes to TASTING......not so much. Oh yes, you get some freeze dried potatoes, like small farmers have them high up in the mountains. The Quechua people leave them for a couple of years just lying on the freezing ground. OK, in MIL they are served in an artistic cley bowl with two verrryyy special sauces with them: a mint sauce and a rocoto pepper sauce. The same they serve in the steak houses in Cusco. Or try they old chicha drink that has been fermenting for six months and has become sour (instead of traditional sweet); it's sooo special :-) Oh yes, to make it a total rip off: my wife send an email months in advance she wanted to change the alchoholic paring menu to the non alchoholic. Of course we payed months in advance for this exclusive tasting experience. The management wrote back they would pay back the difference of $100 on the day. At the pay off they simply argued "refund is not the policy" :-) The management does NOT believe in fairy tales ;-))))) I even had the impression there was no chef cook involved. Most of the (cold) food came in bowls to combine and share (not very handy either). Virgilio Martinez does a lot of things in a lot of places. Maybe you should try Tokyo.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 28 March 2022

One of the most memorable meals ever. Mil is truly an experience that gives a sense of the rich history and foods of the Andean highlands and other regions of Peru. We had the regular and vegetarian experiences with the alcoholic pairings. Every course was...innovative and delicious. Location and service is also fantastic.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 3 July 2020

Very interesting. They are continuously experimenting in their laboratory with typical products from the high and low Andean areas. Malena Martinez is doing extraordinary work with the women of the surrounding towns. Glad to have had this experience.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 17 February 2020

Prepare to be wowed and experience a true culinary delight coupled with top of line service. We enjoyed the 8 course selection which truly was a melding of earth and the chefs creative translation of Andean regional cuisine. Our visit was by far one of...the most unique and refreshing dining experiences ever! Be prepared to pay dearly for this experience. Overall, it was worth every sol.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 23 January 2020 via mobile

Not for the budget conscious but a great experience . We are on a SKI ( spending kids inheritance) with emphasis on the S . This is just an amazing restaurant with a fantastic outlook and great staff We had the 8 course degustation with...alcohol pairing . Much if the food we had never eaten before and some of the alcoholic drinks were made on site never to be purchased elsewhere. When my wife did not like one of the drinks that substituted another one . Sure it’s expensive and maybe the occasional course may not be to your taste . Personally the Frozen Cordillera I had was one of the most unusual delicious things I have eaten . We were lucky in that it was the wet low season and unusually it was not full . We spoke to a lovely waitress from North Carolina who tells the management is extremely generous to the workers . The day we arrived there several workers in the fields and at least 10 in the fields . So if it does not meet your expectations you are contributing to the local economy and assisting improving living standards. Personally it was a great find for 2 Aussies and happy to recommend Mil restaurantMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 10 January 2020

Similar to Central in Lima, Mil is a "10" on a scale of 1 - 5. Great Andean region food. We can't say enough about it. If you go, ask for the table which looks out over the area, where, in November we could see...the people plowing their fields with cows/oxs.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 10 January 2020

This restaurant on top of a hill with old Inca circular terraces used for special plantings, has many strengths. The entire wait staff is well versed in all the research components of the group from processing their own chocolates and coffees to their distilling of...a vast array of liquors. The selection and testing of many different grains and potatoes and greens from the higher altitude regions of the Andes is exceptional. In many ways this is like Blue Hills at Stone Barns in NY. But it is much more embedded in its local environment and in testing an array of grains, plants and spices that come from the environs of the Andes. The plates are medium size, larger in some cases than is expected for this restaurant. There were a number I loved. 'The focus is on vegetables, tubers and grains but quite a few animal source foods were used. The pork belly preparation with the avocado/herb concoction was great as was the first course with the fantastic elderberry butter. The cabuyo nectar with the lamb and quinoa was excellent. The duck with whole grain kernels was lovely. The two desserts were great with a melding of frozen potato and diary crème for one and an intense cacao mouse with the frozen pulp from the cacao bean as a granita. The service stands out. All staff were wonderful and worked in unison. The wine list is quite sparse, possibly because they only searched for high altitude Andean wine.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 6 January 2020

This is a very interesting concept with lots of experimentation and food science. The location is stunning. The restaurant is bright, fresh, with minimal distractions from the food and its presentation. The plates and bowls are wondefully crafted. Beautiful high end stemless wine glasses. The...servers were well versed in what dishes were being presented. Too bad the food was just ok. I do not think the interesting parts of this adventure off set the price tag espcially when adding in the price of the wine. I did like the chocolate sample.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Thanks for the question and apologies for my slow response. Great news you are planning to visit Peru in April. We hired a private driver for the trip to MIL and most of our travels in Peru (for some trips, where we were... More
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It's about an hour drive from Cusco. When we had lunch there we were staying in the Sacred Valley in Urubamba and we had a guide and driver based in Cusco.
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You need 3 hours at MIL. When you arrive, you first receive a 20+ minute tour. Then the 8 courses. We didn't have any coffee at the end nor spend any time shopping or browsing after our meal. We had a 12:00pm... More
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