Machu Picchu

Last night I took up your advice and ate dinner at Machu Picchu on Buford Highway. I had actually tried to eat there in the past, but could never find where it was located. So, for those of us with even less directionality than Crapquest, Machu Picchu is in the Publix shopping plaza behind Wendyís.

What stood out the most at Machu Picchu is their service. Since I had never tried Peruvian cuisine, and donít even really know where Peru is, I needed some help from the staff. They brought me out a booklet and showed me pictures of several entrees on the menu. Kindía like eating at Dennyís!

For a starter I tried the white fish ceviche, which cooks the fish in an acidic marinate such as lemon and limejuices. This was not my favorite part of the meal, but my dining partner thought it was good. Normally ceviche is served cold, but at Machu Picchu it was slightly warm which I thought was strange. Perhaps it is the Peruvian way to prepare ceviche?

As an entrÈe I had the mixed seafood on rice, which was an enormous assortment of marinated squid, mussels, and shrimp. I think it was #47 on the menu, if youíre curious. The seafood was cooked to perfection and had a buttery flavor that kept me munching until I was very full. Unfortunately I didnít make it to dessert, but thereís always next time.

The manager came over towards the end of our meal and gave me a little handcrafted pin made in Peru. What a sweet ending to a wonderful meal. I highly recommend this restaurant to you.

7 Comments so far

  1. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    two questions:

    1) are there different types of fish available for ceviche, or is it just white fish?

    2) do they serve coca leaves? please say yes.

  2. Briam (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 3:22 pm

    My wife and I have eaten there several times. Very good food. My wife loves ceviche… shrimp style. I am more of a meat and potatoes man…. and love their steaks. Very nicely marinated…

  3. Paulie (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 3:40 pm

    I’ve eaten many lunches at Machu Picchu, until my office moved to Perimeter Mall in July. *wipes tear from eye*

    With the exception of one meal when my coworkers who ordered beef stew received a stew with chicken instead (and with no explanation) I can say that the food there is incredible.

    I know of at least one Peruvian who believes it’s the most authenitic Peruvian food around.

  4. Lori (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 5:57 pm

    The ceviche with shrimp, squid, and octopus is the most delish.

  5. Lisa (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 9:00 pm

    Yes they have other types of ceviche- white fish, shrimp, and squid.

  6. Blanca Nieto (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 1:08 am

    Ceviche is one of the most delicious meal at Peru. Also “Jalea” is very good (fried meal).


    Blanca Nieto
    Tourism Director
    Magic Machu Picchu Travel

  7. stress (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 5:26 am

    I’d agree that if you got warm ceviche that is a problem. I love macchu picchu and have never gotten bad ceviche there. if yours was warm my theory is that the plate had just come out of the washer because the ceviche itself would not be warmed.

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