Been here 6 times. Liked it most of the time, but after my most recent visit, it will be my last. A mild case of food poisoning from the shellfish over french fries. When you go to the restroom, don't peek into the kitchen on your way past as it will probably deter you from finishing your meal. Big issue with the somewhat dishonest process of paying the bill. They have an oddly-worded fine print on their menu...15% tip automatically added on the weekends and holidays and on parties of 5 or more. If you happen to catch this fine print (even parties of 1 on weekends and holidays), you are fine. Look at the bill. IF YOU PAY BY CREDIT CARD, they don't bring you the original bill back after your credit card receipt is printed. Then you stare at your cc slip with a blank tip line. If you don't look at the original bill, the waitstaff gets a HEFTY double tip. BEWARE...an honest waitstaff would bring the original bill with the credit card receipt. We were burned TWICE on this one.
Best Restaurant When You're Paying - 2007
El Pollo Inka
When you tell your guest that they simply must try the house specialty, rotisserie chicken, there is no need to mention that a quarter bird, con papas y ensalada, is just $5.99. With skin so crisp and meat this juicy, they won't believe you anyway. In fact be a sport and encourage them to go for the half-chicken, also with potatoes and salad, for $7.99. "The papa rellena is without peer," you'll crow, knowing that the potato stuffed with a seasoned sauté of beef, onions, tomatoes, and raisins, although only $6.99, will taste like a million bucks. But don't stop there. This extensive menu warrants an open mind and adventurous spirit, stocked as it is with all manner of meat, fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes prepared with Peruvian flair. And with prices under $10 for just about anything, you can act like a big shot. Order one of the ceviches, the lime-infused fish freshly dressed with yam and corn on the cob. Insist on some aji de gallina, moist morsels of chicken in what can only be described as a walnut-garlic gravy. Get some lomo saltado, too it's another specialty of the house that reeks of authenticity. A round of pisco soursç Believe us, it won't break the bank. When you graciously pick up the check at evening's end, your dinnermates will no doubt have a newfound respect for both your generosity and savvy in selecting special dining spots. That you are a cheapskate at heart won't even enter their minds.