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While in Boston, one of my last stops wondering around the city to search for Peruvian restaurants was at Machu Picchu restaurant. Located in Sommerville, MA, close by to the Cambridge neighborhood and accessible via bus (look for # 86 bus route), the restaurant ended up being a great option if you are looking for authentic Peruvian food. As soon as you arrive you are welcomed with toasted corn (Peruvians call it “cancha“) which is originally from the Andes region in Peru. Here is an overview of my experience.
As a good Peruvian, the dinner kicked-off with a Pisco Sour — wouldn’t recommend it at this restaurant. You could actually feel you were drinking alcohol versus tasting the mix of its ingredients.
For an appetizer, I enjoyed a Causa de Pollo which is a mashed potato-type of cake filled with layers of onions and chicken. It was good, but tried better ones. As an entree I liked the Aji de Gallina, a traditional entree with boiled potatoes, shredded chicken on a creamy sauce made with the Peruvian yellow aji (chili). For dessert I had the Combinado, a two-in-one serving consisting of Arroz con Leche (similar to a rice pudding) and Mazamorra Morada, a purple corn-based compote with pieces of fruit.
To get a glance of Machu Picchu restaurant’s menu, click here.
Although the restaurant is not at a fancy, downtown-ish location as Taranta (a great green-certified location to enjoy Italian food with a wonderful Peruvian kick) or Orinoco (for the best pisco sour I had in Boston), it is a good option to enjoy traditional Peruvian dishes if you are driving or don’t mind walking in the suburbs of Boston.
And the latest about this Machu Picchu restaurant…the spin-off of its Peruvian rottiserie chicken right across the street! This just-opened restaurant is named “Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill”. The menu looked pretty interesting, and the chicken looks pretty good and authentic. This type of chicken is perhaps Peru’s second flagship dish after the Ceviche. What is unique about this restaurant was the Quinoa side, as well as Peruvian-style beef kabobs we call “anticuchos”. Quinoa is originally from the Andes mountains of South America, with Peru at the center of the Inca Empire, and is a great source of protein that many generations have enjoyed. So if you are hungry, perhaps you might want to save some room after your meal at Machu Picchu to get some rottiserie chicken, or better yet anticuchos as an appetizer.
To get a glance of Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill restaurant’s menu, click here.
TIP: And if you are a big beer fan, you might want to try the local Peruvian beers available at both restaurants, including Cuzquena (my favorite) and Cristal.
Machu Picchu Restaurant is located at 307 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143.
Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill is located at 25 Union SQ, Sommerville, Massachusetts 02143.
(PS – Although it doesn’t matter if you have in mind enjoying a great Peruvian meal, the one thing I was “nervous” about was the many typos the menu and marketing materials had. Sorry, must be the PR girl in me! Hahaha.)
You can ask any Peruvian about Pardo’s Chicken, and I assure you will get an expression of excitement on their face right away! It is one of the well-known local restaurants in Peru, particularly in the capital city Lima, where millions of people gather with friends and family to get a rottiserie chicken, french fries, wonderful steamed and fresh salads, Peruvian-style BBQ, Peruvian soda called Inca Kola, and other dishes and flavors of Peru.
Well, Pardo’s Chicken has just opened a new location in Miami, FL!!!!!
If you are not familiar with Pardo’s Chicken, check out their website from Peru available in English and you can check out their menu!
The exact address is 2312 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33146, right in the heart of Coral Gables.
TIP: If you have time to kill while in the Miami International Airport, the restaurant is just 20-30 minutes away driving via all LeJeune Rd.
Yay! Can’t wait to get that yummi chicken!!!