I went to Machu Picchu in Portchester yesterday and was quite disappointed. While it wasn't the worst Peruvian I've had, it wasn't close to the best (So far Machu Picchu in Newburg is my fav including all the NYC places I've tried.) Besides horribly unskilled service by our waitress. It was obvious that she had never been trained in any way. It took ages for her to acknowledge us and then we rarely saw her after that and got better service from the other waitstaff who made apologies for her. The food just wasn't so great. It was also like being seated in a hurricane with the AC blasting cold and all the ceiling fans on high. So high that at the end of the meal when I was counting out the money the bills kept blowing away, and it took me a few minutes, seriously!
Tee warm rolls and the green hot sauce were very tasty. The sauce was very herbal and creamy tasting with a delayed kick of heat that made a confirmed hot head like myself start building a sweat. I couldn't stop eating the stuff smeared on the bread. Oh that exquisite torture.
The ceviche pescado was a bit lackluster and expensive at $12-13. We had been asked how spicy we wanted it and made sure she understood that we wanted it very spicy. Well it wasn't spicy, or even that tasty. The onions mixed with it were way to salty and over marinated. The fish wasn't marinated enough and had a slightly off flavor and had a bit of a gristly texture at times. I couldn't even make out any distinct lime or citrus flavor. A real bummer.
We had an app of grilled beef hearts, (anticuchos) one of my fav dishes and they were the best thing we tried. Very smoky and spicy from the marinade, and firm without being tough.
We had a mixed seafood in a cream sauce with almost inedible octopus so tough I feared for my teeth, tasteless except for freezer burn squid, and some overly fried fish that tasted of old grease, all smothered under an innocous pinkish orange cream sauce. This was way overpriced at $18.
The chicha morada was pretty good, which made my day since I love that purple corn drink, with a nice clove cinnamon spice level and a good citrus / fruit balance.
The Pisco sours lacked any distinguishing flavor and had such a thick head on it that I am certain that either artifical foam chemical was added or tons of whipped egg white, probably the latter. The foam never did condense into drinkable fluid and a spoon would have helped to drink this sour, bitter frothy mess.
All in all I wouldn't go back unless I had a chicha morada, hot sauce, and anticuchos craving.
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