Terrible experience - would not go back. Do not go this place for lunch. They just started opening for lunch on Saturdays and trust me, they are not prepared for this. The waitress had no idea what was on the menu, the menu was hand-written and there were only about 15 choices for meals (all chicken or beef). The drinks were cans of pop with a glass of ice and we got no refills on drinks during our entire visit. We had 5 people in our party and 2 of them got their meals while the other 3 got theirs 20 minutes later making for a very awkward situation. To top it all of - we were the ONLY people in the restaurant!!! The food was just ok - bland flavor and tough chicken - the fried plantanes were tasty but could have used a dipping sauce or something. Salads came with the meal and the waitress brough out two different types of dressing ( 2 little cups for the entire table), but never really asked us what we wanted. We did speak to the manager who didn't speak English very well and all he said was "so sorry" and took $5 off our bill which brought it down to $47 for the 5 of us. We would not go back - this was by far the worst dining experience ever! I gave it a 2 because the food was just ok.
Eating like Kings.
This was my first visit to Machu Picchu. I had family visiting from Connecticut and California and wanted them to enjoy cuisine from their birthplace. Our party was a total of five individuals each with different tastes and love for international flavors. Machu Picchu's atmosphere was very pleasant. On the evening of our visit there was a live three piece band playing authentic "Andean" music.
The quality of food was excellent. The portion sizes were adequate and the prices were reasonable. In our party we ordered from every section of the menu. Whether it was a "Pisco Sour" from the bar, an appetizer or a main entre the attention to detail and presentation was excellent. The Tamales were delicious, the Empanadas were cripsy and delightful. The Llomo Saltado (with beef and shrimp) was the best I ever had. Others in ourt party enjoyed the fine seafood selections of Sudado De Mariscos and Fruta Del Mar. The scallops were huge and the shrimp were meaty. I asked for a level of eight on the spice chart and they delivered!
In all, we ate like kings! Job well done and we will definitely be back. I strongly recommend this restaurant for those who desire international cuisine
Great Lomo Saltado.
I have lived in Peru and visited five times. I think
they have the best Lomo Saltado I have ever eaten.
The meat is very tender and delicious!
Avoid it at all costs.
As a peruvian, I myself completely ashamed of this restaurant, as a representative of peruvian cuisine. If you are looking into eating some delicious peruvian food, you are better off trying to befriend a peruvian and having dinner at their home.
Don't bother making reservations. Since we didn't have reservations, we went early to grab a seat for a large party. When we arrived they said they had tables available for us but would not accomodate us until our party was complete. But another group which had reservations had to wait as well until the entire group was complete.
The service is terrible, the attitude of the servers is less than adequate and the dishes take forever to come. The food as peruvian is mediocre at best, and for what they serve is extremely expensive. It shows that they try to avoid using peruvian spices and vegetables, which would add to the cost AND the taste, but still charge like if they did.
The locale itself is one notch above a dump; I went on a very hot summer day and the place lacked any form of air conditioning. After we inquired a server about this, it seemed that they had turned the heating afterwards because it was hotter inside that on the street.
Finally, as I said before, it is extremely expensive for what they offer. They are less than happy to offer an enjable meal but have no qualms in chasing big after you are done with it.
My recommendation? Avoid it al all costs.
Head to Lyn-Lake for ultra-fresh seafood and exotic Peruvian preparations..
In 1993 Peruvian immigrants Fernando and Hilda Palomino opened Machu Picchu, at the time, the Twin Cities' only Peruvian restaurant. The restaurant has a laid-back, taqueria-like atmospere and a loyal clientele. Menu highlights include saltados (Peruvian stir-fries that are vaguely Chinese, vaguely Spanish) and great ceviches (seafood marinated in lemon juice). The kitchen spices dishes as per requests, so specialties such as Peruvian paella are exquisitely light and hot--yet the individual flavors remain Clarion-clear.
Disappointed. Our recent visit to Machu Picchu restaurant was a disappointment. After a recent trip to Peru, we were looking forward to some familiar favorites, but found none of them on the menu. The shrimp was very fishy tasting, excessively salty and overcooked, while the lomos saltados tasted like it came from a can, although the meat was very tender. On the good side, the staff was friendly and the Pisco Sours were just like we had in Peru.
hgp. All of our entrees were wonderful. There were plenty of fresh scallops, shrimps, mussels with all seafood dishes. One exception is the Chef's Special appetizer. It was basically a bunch of over-cooked breaded shrimps and fries.
What a Gem!. Visited Machu Picchu with a friend recently and what a gem of a place! Their seafood paella was unbelievable! My friend had the halibut and it was also exceptional. The waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The wine list was small (mainly South American wines) but good, and the wines were very reasonably priced. The artwork inside the restaurant really adds a lot to the ambiance. If you are looking for a nice, quiet evening with exceptional food check out Machu Picchu. The food is incredible and it is very reasonably priced. Loved it!
Excellent Food. Machu Picchu has consistently excellent food, at least the saltados, the paella and the ceviches, which I order.
I've only been once, but can't wait to return. I had the breaded halibut, which was cooked perfectly and came with incredible black beans and rice. My boyfriend had the halibut special which was broiled in a fantastic red sauce that we dipped our bread in throughout the meal. Everything was wonderful, and there was enough left to take home for leftovers!
Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The hostess/greeter was a little dull and unenthused, but our waitress made up for her.
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