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Sep 10, 2009 04:51 AM

Pollo Inka on QB

I was driving up Queens Blvd in F Hills yesterday and I notice this peruvian place. Has anyone been?

And how about Sajna in Rego?

Maybe I should get out of the car and get a bite to eat.

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  1. Sajni is very of the few Indian options in Rego Park, and cheaper than Tandoor or Maurya.

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    1. re: EricMM

      Sajni 026 (the full name), 98-20 QB, is on my short list of place to try soon. The problem is that it can't survive at those prices-- $7-8 for all chicken entrees, $9-11 for fish and shrimp entrees. If they do well, they'll raise their prices, thereby alienating customers. Enjoy it while it lasts.

      1. re: el jefe

        You're right.... Nearby, Andy's has already raised the $18 twin lobster deal to $23.95....and this when lobster prices are lowest....

      2. re: EricMM

        sajna is the weird creepy extremely dark place?

      3. I have ordered in there (but someone told me that they do have sit-down and it is BYOB, but I am not 100%)- They food was pretty good- I ordered the 1/4 chicken and it was excellent- I did not like the plantains, they were a bit soggy for my liking- but the portions of the sides are big (we ordered a combo, which came with rice, fries and salad)-
        they are also very reasonably priced- def. worth checking out-
        here is an online menu- enjoy!

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        1. re: jbone

          I've gotten take-out from polla inka a few times. Be warned, the take-out takes a while so order about an hour before you want to eat! I thought the food was pretty good and the portions are great for the price. Chicken and the rice and beans are always delicious. Have not tried the plantains. Ask for the green hot sauce - it's delicious.

          1. re: liqdstar

            Has anyone venture beyond the rroasted chicken?
            I saw in the take out menu that they have papas huancaina, tallarines verdes y arroz chaufa all of which I am tempted to try.

            1. re: maria_nyc

              So I finally tried Pollo Inka.
              I was looking forward to sampling their tallarines verdes and other typical dishes.

              Unfortunately even though the name of the place includes the word pollo their roasted chicken leaves a lot to be desired. The first time I had the chicken was dry, and not very tasty. So in my second visit I ordered chicken again....same deal all over again. I don't believe I experienced an isolated incident but rather their standard preparation. Once I asked for 1/4 chicken, and another time I ordered the 1/2 chicken (breast and leg) I thought surely the brown meat in the leg will be not so dry as the breast meat. That hope proved to be futile.

              I did try the chicken once more (a taste only...yes I know I am a gluton for punishment) no change from above.

              So after discarting the chicken from my ordering list I moved on to the other dishes in their menu. Next on line was the tallarines verdes. Coincidentally I had just bought a jar of pesto sauce from Trader's Joe, not long before my visit to Pollo Inka, and one day in a pinch I used it to prepare tallarines verdes and they tasted no different from Inka's version. Call me crazy but I was expecting a bit more than getting the equivalent of pesto sauce from a jar.

              By the way, I ordered the tallarines verdes with steak. The steak was also over cooked. Now I find it nearly impossible to believe that anyone can get "carne frita" wrong. How is that even possible? It's simple enough to do and you would think that a restaurant with several tables to serve would prize speed...but not at Inka, they take a long time to serve the meal because, as it turns out, they are cooking to death whatever it's you have ordered.

              The tallarines were a wash, so in my next visit I order the Arroz Chaufa (a close relative of chaulafan which I love). Over the years I have probably tasted the full quality spectrum when it comes to arroz chaufa. Surprisingly Inka's is not bad. I would almost venture to say it's good except I have only tried it twice so I am not sure how consistent its preparation will be over time. But so far so good.

              So in a nutshell the chicken at Pollo Inka is forgetable but the Arroz Chaufa holds some promise.

              I'm hoping someone else opens an outstanding roasted chicken place in this hood soon. Is that asking for too much? I don't think so.

              1. re: maria_nyc

                well, you're certainly close enough to Pio Pio on Woodhaven, head over there, their chicken is fine. You could also try the place off Lefferts in Kew Gardens, they are okay--there's another peruvian closer to rego park, and it sucks too,--stay away from there--known few people that have gotten ill from it....stick with Pio Pio--

                Pio Pio
                62-30 Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

                1. re: janie

                  is this the other place you were thinking of, Cuzco Peru? I thought they were the same owners, something like that?


                  Cuzco Peru
                  98-102 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

                  1. re: bigjeff

                    yes, that's it----maybe they've improved recently, but we tried it 2x (my husband got ill and someone else I know at another time)--and it was bad and very slow disorganized erratic service---and yes, only the chicken--if they can't get that right, I wouldn't venture further---