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.