Chamblee >Restaurants > Contigo Peru
3567 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3034133.895297 -84.303962
BEST PERUVIAN RESTAURANT IN ATL – Contrary to the other review seen here, people of variety of races and cultures CAN make different types of cultural foods deliciously. I go to Contigo Peru 1, 2, AND 3 multiple times and I am in love with its food. It's authentic Peruvian cuisine at its finest. (Of course if you want REAL Peruvian cuisine, go to Peru. That's where you'll find it. Not in any restaurant here in the US.) Other "Peruvian" restaurants around the Atlanta area simply do not compare to this wonderful restaurant. And so what if the waitresses or the cooks aren't Peruvian? Why the discrimination? They do their job correctly, make the Chicha Morada completely delicious, and the waitresses are a friendly lot. Other "Peruvian" restaurants make their food too bland and boring while in here I'm assaulted by delicious tastes from the wonderful cooks. And as you're probably wondering, yes I am Peruvian. I know real Peruvian cuisine and I do not criticize the people who work there simply for not being Peruvian. That's not bad; that's just simply being ignorant. Its as if you go to an Italian Restaurant and expect to find it filled with Italians. That's not being very realistic, now is it? Also as a side note: in the majority of restaurants now who do you find working in the kitchen? Think about it. One more thing, you're going there to eat not nit pick the workers' knowledge of that country; you're not their Examiner. That's rude. In conclusion: Contigo Peru 1, 2, & 3 rocks. Go sometime and learn a bit about our culture.
DO NOT MISTAKE THIS AS PERUVIAN – There is such a variety of Peruvian cuisine with influences from all over the world, and it is such a pity to have this restaurant as a representative.
For the record - I am Peruvian. For all this, I will NEVER come back here and would highly recommend for others to try Costa Verde or Machu Picchu on Buford, or even Mambo Jumbo off of Haynes Bridge off GA 400 - so far Mambo doesn't disappoint.
I wish I had more space to write about the entire experience. Not 1 dish was authentic.
Choros a la Chalaca ($12)- actually pretty good.
Papa a la huancaina ($8)- Bland. No flavor, no taste, runny.
Anticuchos ($9)- Thin as a paper, and the only seasoning was salt - and there was lots of that.
Jalea Mixta ($30) - This was probably the biggest disappointment mainly because this is probably the easiest thing to make. Fried fish, and mixed seafood. It came out overdone and because of this, it was almost hollow. Needless to say, it had no taste and very small portion for the price.
Mojarra Frita ($17) - We asked them to pan fry - but they deep fried using the same frier they use for french fries. The fish came out almost hollow it was so over done.
Tallarines Verdes ($14) - SUPER SALTY - no flavor.
Ceviche ($18)- The most authentic of all Peruvian dishes... a masacre. Fish was just cut, the lime juice wasn't enough to cook the fish (which I was told was Grouper - but I assure you it was not)... and there was a clump of powder on top. I asked what that was, and it was MSG ! Turns out the chef came to explain that they use MSG (Aji-No-Moto) for everything. It supposedly gives all the food a more traditional Peruvian flavor.
Half way into the meal, another Peruvian family came in and asked to see the menu. While they were looking this over, they asked if the cook was Peruvian. They said that the cooks were Mexican and Salvadorian..... WRONG CONTINENT! We should have done exactly what they did - they turned around and walked out.
Carboard in food, spoiled meat, watered down drinks..... – My family and I went to the one on Indian Trail and all i can say is that it was the worst dinning experience I have had by far. First of all, do Peruvians even own the restraunt? If it wasnt for the name "Contigo PERU" i would have never known. My family is native to Peru and we've been to our share of Peruvian restraurants here and there. Walking in all we heard was Mexican music, mariachi or however u spell it. We started off by ordering a jar of chicha and it tasted watered down.... basically water with purple coloring. My father ordered Milanesa (breaded steak), my mother Jalea de Pescado (fried fish chunks), my sister Bistek a lo Pobre (steak with fried egg, french fries, rice, and fried banana), and I ordered Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian style fried rice). As we got our orders my mother noticed that the fried fish had a moist, pale yellow look to it, not your usual golden brown crunchy fish. My sister noticed a clear film on her fried eggs, nothing to be concerned about but i thought it was kinda weird. As my dad took the first bite of the Milanesa he noticed a strange smell to the meat. We all took a whiff and concluded that the meat was spoiled. It had a real vinigery smell to it. As for myself, the rice was really moist and sticky, not like your typical Arroz Chaufa thats like fried rice that isnt sticky. As i began to take my first couple of bite the rice tasted vinigery and very salty. I took another bite and felt something not normal. As i took out the piece of egg that felt strange, i realized it was a piece of white cardboard about 1 in x 1/2 in. As a family, weve been to Contigo Peru many time before, but we have never had any problems up until today. THE WORST dinning experience by far.
It used to be a peruvian restaurant – If you are looking for peruvian food.. go someplace else. Last time my husband and I went there, we were dissapointed at the service and the food. It was definitly not peruvian food. even the music playing had nothing to do with Peru. I love mexican food, but if I want to eat mexican food and listen to mexican music, I'll go to a Mexican restaurant.
Recommended – I have not been to the one on Chamblee Dunwoody Road but the one in Lilburn I love. My husband, a Peru native, and I have enjoyed everything that we have ever had there and we will continur to go. He always gets the seviche and i usually get the rice and shrimp. We both leave there happy and full
Did not have a good experience – I visited the one on Indian Trail. They had a soccer game turned up so loud on I don't know how many speakers. I had to ask them several times to turn it down. I could not hear any of my family member talk. The food was average. Was not as tasty as I expected.
Something different – I've never had Peruvian food, so I can't be a critic of its authenticity. But, I know what I LIKE, and I like Contigo Peru. It's not in a pretty part of town, and the atmosphere is no different than mid-range Mexican or Chinese restaurants. The food was very tasty. I thought it was a tad high for lunch, but you get plenty to eat. They serve a jalepeno dip with bread that is out of this world. Can you say picante? The chicken dish my husband had was not boneless so he was a little surprised. My shrimp dish was fine. Okay amount of shrimp and LOTS OF RICE. But the seasoning was so good, I forgot all about the shrimp. I plan to go back for supper sometime and try more of their seafood. If you like Mexican but want a change of pace, this is it.
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