So my bf and I went to the "grand opening" of Machu Picchu's Pollos a la brasa outpost last night. It was good. I was pretty impressed. The decor is colorful and inviting. Somewhat rustic. Everyone was very friendly. When I first stopped in to pick up a menu on the way home they were very attentive.
I, of course, got some pollo a la brasa- the half chicken size. Instead of french fries, I got some fried yuca. The chicken was really good. The skin was perfectly golden and full of flavor. The chicken meat was very moist and cooked all the way through. The only thing that I wasn't expecting was the slight vinegar-y taste. Other than that, though, the flavor was delicious. The skin was the best part as always. And as for the yuca, it wasn't what I expected. Usually I'm used to yucca being very starchy and slightly dry (but still delicious). This yuca was very... french fry-ish. You know how Burger King (gasp) fries have a sort of flavorful crunchy coating on the outside? This yuca was a bit like that. It almost tasted as if it had been battered and then fried. It was a little weird. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. It made it seem less healthy than other fried yuca that I've had. The meal came with a side salad of shredded lettuce, some sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes.
Bf got the "pollo al estilo." It was basically marinated chicken shish kabobs. Some chicken chunks skewered with onions and tomatoes. The dish came with yuca as well as some large corn kernels that were extremely starchy. I didn't try it but he said the chicken was juicy and tasty. Neither of us was a fan of the corn kernels.
Pretty good overall. We were pleased and would definitely go back. The half chicken was $8.99 and the chicken skewers were about $10 I think? Good deal for a good quick dinner. And about halfway through our meal a band of about 3 guys came in and set up in the corner. They started playing just as we were walking out at about 8 o'clock or so. Who knows if they will be there every night but it was a nice touch.