Brand new experience, have to say, they have redeemed themselves in terms of service and food. But a little background...
I first went to Panahar Bangladeshi and Indian Cuisine off of Buford Highway and one day as I was leaving, I saw this little quaint Peruvian restaurant. I came in and it was full of both American and a Latin Americans. Looked at the menu and looked like great peruvian food.
Two weeks later on a extended lunch I went there for food. I had their lunch special. When I was there first the waiter was on his phone when we walked in and waved at us to sit down anywhere. We waited till he got off the phone. He was chewing a piece of bread or something as he walked to us. He took our order but didnt speak much English. We got the chicken soup with the Aji de Gallina. It was a pretty simple dish. Food was bland and waiter was terrible. Did bring bread on time. Didn't give me my Aji sauce either. Overall was terrible. Didn't want to go back. I know Peruvian food because I lived in Lima for a few months.
Fast foward last week. My friend from out of town came back to visit Atlanta and he wanted to get food from Machu Picchu. I was totally not excited. I actually argued about going to Panahar. But he insisted that it was good. So I decided to go. When we got there I found it to be suprisingly busy. 50% - HIspanic crowd in large groups, 25% hipsters eating ceviche and other 25% Upper class buckhead crowd.
Our waiter came out and greeted us in Spanish and seated us. He brouhgt out our menus and our silverware. It was a group of four of us eating and my friend is Nicaraguan and knew what he wanted off the bat. He got the the Ceviche Mixto. Combination of All fish and shrimp. It was good but not like the ones from Lima. I told my Nicaraguan friend and he explained that this restaurant is Northern Coast Peruvian food. It has heavy influences of Japanese, African, Indiginous and Western culture. And this restuarant is Authentic *HOMEMADE* food. It's not so commercialized like in Lima they add starches and other ingredients to give it that sweeter tastes. Each region of Peru cooks different. The owners are half Japanese and Half Peruvian.
That's when I realized that the fish itself wasn't bitter and was awesome with the onions. We even drank the juice that was left over. I didn't know what to order because I wasn't crazy about the chicken. My waiter recomended I ordered the Lomo al Pobre. Huge plate with a nice portion of meat and eggs, get them well done. It was amazing. It literally tasted like something someone made at their house. It felt healthy. That's why there were so many Hispanic people eating there. The Crema Volteada is the bomb! Mt friend had the Jalea Mixta. The Large portion is HUGE! It can feed four people! Very homemade taste.
Though the order took a while to come out, it was very worth the wait because at least the waiter was kind to keep us stocked with bread. And the Tasty Aji sauce.
They have won me again I will go back. Remember dont expect fine dinning, more of a authentic home feel. Cant wait to eat more.