Machu Picchu in Boquete

Sunday’s outing was to make one of my not too frequent trips to Boquete. With the price of fuel, it just doesn’t seem worth it to me to go that often. Boquete continues to change. I saw that the bridge to the fair ground is under repair. Everywhere you look there seems to be changes. Only those living there can say if this is progress or not.

I considered eating at The Hibiscus and stopped to see if it was open for lunch. It wasn’t. I have heard rumors that it is considering moving from its current location, but that may just be a rumor.

I wanted to try someplace different and decided on Machu Piccu. This the second Peruvian restaurant in Boquete. I have eaten at Delicias del Perú several times and I wanted to compare the two.

I have avoided eating at Machu Picchu because I knew that they include the tip on the bill. This really annoys me. I think a tip is the customers option based on the quality of the service and the meal. It has taken me over a year to overcome my annoyance on the included tip to try Machu Picchu.

I have to say, because of knowing that it includes the tip, I went in with a preconceived notion that I would be unsatisfied, but I wanted to keep an open mind.

The restaurant is very attractive inside. It has bright colors and a nice use of wood. Of course it contains the usual Peruvian mirrors and other Peruvian decorations.

If you are in a Peruvian restaurant, then it is almost obligatory to have a drink made with Pisco. I had a Pisco Sour. The flavor was very good. You can see from the photo that the glass was half full of foam making the $3.75 charge not all that good a value.

Another had a Pisco drink that also had wine and mint. The green color comes from the mint. The person, that ordered it, enjoyed it.

I had a fish dish that was in a green sauce. This was very good. It was around $9 something. I was pleased with its flavor. On my scale it would be higher than an 8 on a scale of 10.

Another has a different fish plater smothered in a sauce that contained tomatoes and onions. This was in the $6+ range. This one didn’t rate very well by the person that had it. I tasted it and have to agree. This was no more than a 6.

The last person had a fish dish too that was covered with potatoes mixed with shrimp. This individual raved about it. Of course this individual had almost finished the green Pisco drink and may have had her judgment altered. 🙂 She said it was a definite 10. Personally, I thought that dropping a slice of American cheese on the top wasn’t all that creative.

To end the meal, I ordered the special dessert for the three of us to sample. I primarily ordered it because the menu pictured it in an attractive martini type vessel and I though it would make a nice photo. I was disappointed when it came out in a ice cream dish. 🙁 It tasted good with a hint of Pisco, but for $3.+ I think the strawberry tart at Pasteleria Alemana is a much better value.

Reflecting on the concern I had about going to Machu Picchu, I would have to say that the included tip was not a problem. The food justified a tip and the service was first class. Comparing it to Delicias del Perú, I think it would be my second choice. Still, sometimes you just want to try another place and this one is worth trying.

6 thoughts on “Machu Picchu in Boquete

  1. Here in Quito every resturant we go (and there are a lot of good resturants here) they include the 10% tip. This is shared out among the entire wait staff. If you want to add more for the waiter it is left on the table. And, with rare exceptions, the service is outstanding. Maybe it is a south of the border custom, don’t really know as eating out in the States was too rare to form an opinion.

  2. We have always had great meals at both Peruvian restaurants in Boquete. And we have always had good service at both as well. The latest news in Boquete is that 2 new rotisserie chicken restaurants will be opening soon and there are right next door to each other. Seems 2 different people had the same idea at the same time. One will have an absentee only so we’ll see who “wins” the chicken wars. They are located along the main road right across the the street from the Texaco station on the way into town. The one building used to house the Argentinian restaurant and is getting a major remake. The other is right behind and that building and used to be a greenhouse and is also getting a major redo. This will bring to 3 the number of rotisserie chicken places in town as another recently opened in Alto Boquete. The good news is I like rotisserie chicken!

  3. Hi Mike. As long as the tips are “really” shared with the service staff I don’t really have a big objection. However, if a restaurant had primarily a gringo client base, i would be willing to bet that they are losing tip money.

    Maybe someday I will change my opinion, but if they choose to include the tip, I choose give what they mandated, irregardless of how outstanding the service was. For a long time I understand the restaurant was adding the tip, but not reflecting it on the bill and many people tipped again. I am glad to see that that has changed, if it was that way in the past.

    Hi Ron,

    I have heard nothing about the two rotisserie restaurants. With all competition there will be winners and losers. It will be interesting to see. I doubt that I would drive up to Boquete just to get rotisserie chicken. The gas might double the cost of the meal. You will just have to tell me how it is.

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