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515 Cottage Grove RoadUSWisconsinMadison53716
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Stephen Finman
a year ago
The food is actually pretty darn good but the wait times are horrid and the prices are pretty high. On the wait times: ive been there when it was extremely busy and then again when we were one of only three dinner parties. On both occasions, the wait was inappropriately long. I usually dont write reviews, good or bad, and i'm pretty forgiving when it comes to restaurants, but i absolutely will not be back to Surco.
Naruto Uzamaki
a year ago
I was originally going to order a sandwich but our waiter came to tell us that their oven wasn't working. He came out a few moments later to give us our complimentary bread and special butter! Wow, that oven must have been totally broken or maybe you wanted us to purchase the overpriced dinner. Their sandwiches were reasonably priced at $9 plus a side dish. We ordered the $14 beef heart appetizer which came with a green cilantro sauce and 3 small skewers of beef heart on a bed of lima beans and yucca. It was a small portion for two people to share. For our main course we ordered the a chicken dish that had a cream sauce, it was $16. It was a cup of rice and about a cup of chicken in this yellow sauce. The food could have been better priced and I will never go back to the restaurant. The restaurant's vibe is kind of fancy for being on the East side of town. People don't expect to get served only a cup or two of food when they pay $16 for a dinner.
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Kelly Rhodes
a year ago
I went with my boyfriend and his mother a few weeks ago and the food was absolutely incredible! I ordered the pork sandwich which came with mashed sweet potatoes and a red onion relish on top and fried plantains. It was the best tasting sandwich I've had in a long time! The food took a little while to come, but it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend trying the place out!
Jennifer Kelley
a year ago
I'm hoping the restaurant was just having a bad night, but we actually walked out on Friday night. We were seated quickly, ordered drinks, but were then told that our food would be at least 45 minutes. When asked why, the waiter nervously explained that the food was prepared freshly, but it seemed more like he was hiding some other issue. There were only 4 other tables filled at the time. We ordered drinks, and then waited for them for a half hour before watching them get served to another table. The waiter was very inexperienced, seemed very nervous and was the one and only employee we saw the entire time. We finally bailed after over-hearing the poor waiter explain to another table (but not to us!) that none of the ceviches were available and that he wasn't sure they could do any seafood. Too bad - the menu looked great and we were looking forward to a great meal!
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Grant Foster
a year ago
This is a tough one. I live in the neighborhood and I love Peruvian food and this food was as good as I've had. I had the chicken sandwich with tacu tacu and it was awesome. The chicken was perfect: super moist and perfectly seasoned. The whole sandwich was sort of a piece of art. It's clear that whoever is in the kitchen takes pride in their work and has the chops of a chef and not a line cook. The interior was also very comfortable and a huge upgrade from the previous business. All that being said, I was in complete disbelief at the pricing. I won't say that the food wasn't worth it, but in this neighborhood, at that location, in this town, I don't see this working. My chicken sandwich was just about the least expensive item on the menu at $13. Most of the entrees were $16-25 and I think dessert (also amazing) was $8 or $9. I had my two sons along and they actually had two items available in a children's section. They both got the salchipapas (hot dog and fries) for $8. To be fair, they did serve a really nice squash soup to each of us included with our entrees. I'm not sure who's behind the business side of the restaurant, but I have a feeling they have some restaurant experience in a big city. They seem a little out of touch with the Madison scene. Most places with really good food have sandwiches available in the $8-10 range with entrees in the $9-13 range. You really need to venture downtown to start pushing these kind of prices and you need to have a location that isn't a rundown, nondescript, white house. I don't think there's any way this model is going to work at this location. Besides one couple at the end of our stay, we were the only diners between 5:45-6:45 on a Friday night. I do think a restaurant (and even a Peruvian restaurant) could be successful here, but it's going to need to be able to serve it's surrounding neighborhoods. The people around here just aren't gonna opt for these prices, regardless of the food quality. Bring your prices down to match what's available on Atwood and think about the lunch crowd too. Reasonably priced sandwiches to go would have a strong market at that location. I really want to support you guys and this should be a regular joint for my family of four, but at these prices, it ain't happenin'.
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Josh Zastrow
2 years ago
This place has delicious and authentic Peruvian food. We were lucky enough to try a five course meal on their opening day, and everything was fresh and delicious. Lookong forward to future visits!