After seeing this restaurant come up again and again on Groupon, reading positive reviews online, and generally being interested in trying Peruvian food, I decided to bite the bullet and check Mama Irma's in Fountain Square out. I am very fond of the couple blocks around the restaurant, and expected it to have a glimmer of the charm of the surrounding places. I understand that it is a locally-owned, hole in the wall kind of place, but I was disappointed from the moment we went in. The place is drab and boring, and going in at prime lunch hours, we were surprised that there was only one other table sat (who left while we were eating, leaving us alone). The waitress put us in a cramped corner despite there being no one else, and I was sat next to the fire extinguisher (which had broken off its plastic hook and was on the ground). The menu was small, which I like, with the option of seafood dishes, beef, and chicken. Since "mixed seafood" in the description is always a red flag for me (it's not that hard to write out the names of the fish, unless they don't know themselves), I opted for a land-option. It took a surprisingly long time for the waitress to get around to us- so long that we considered going somewhere else- and after being told that my first 3 choices were not available ("I guess we didn't order enough," she said), I settled on the Seco de Res ("the most popular," she said). Now, I am not experienced in Peruvian food, but what I got was day-old rice and a cheap cut of meat, for $11.25. I did not experience my beef "falling apart at the touch of a fork" because it was not cooked for long enough; in fact, I had a hard time getting through it with a knife. Dessert, the Mazzamora Morada, was indeed tasty, but not good enough to make up for the bad service, boring atmosphere, and meh food. Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing and the server had an off day, but I'll never know, because I have no interest in giving it another shot.
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