Date registered: January 21, 2012
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Peter's Tex-Mex has been consistently offering the same quality food for the last couple years. Their food is not bad. Their salads are basically consistent with a TGI Fridays salad bar, their mexican food is consistent with other Chinese mexican restaurants such as Mexican New Wave in Beijing, and their sandwiches are better than subway. (The burger isn't bad unless you get it on an off day when the ground beef tastes a little funky.) I don't touch the entrees due to the high price and a selection that often includes deep fried meat. Their pasta is definitely not Italian but if you forget that pasta should be Italian for a moment it can actually be enjoyable. The milkshakes on the other hand are amazing.
The point being(other than the milkshakes) nothing at Peter's is really even close to authentic or particularly good. Peter's however is acceptable by Chengdu standards due to variety on the menu, nice presentation, good location, and most of all good service. I do emphasize the very friendly and helpful staff. They even offer delivery. Go Chengoo's readers just nominated Peter's as the best foreign restaurant in Chengdoo regarding price as one of the factors. And then yesterday I went to Peter's and the noticed the prices had risen by 25% in some cases while offering no improvement in the food. The Texas Whopper for example is up from 36 RMB to 49 RMB. The quesadilla is up from 29 RMB to 39 RMB. I understand inflation but the prices are up but this is going a little bit far. I recommend everyone think twice before going to Peter's for a cheap and fairly good quality lunch. Same shit, much more expensive
True, food has gotten more expensive with inflation but wages have not. I make the same hourly as I did last year for the same jobs. Also I'm gonna make a fair guess and say that Peter's probably pays their waitstaff, cooks, and other employees the same low wage as last year (a waiter in Chengdu gets somewhere between 50-100 kuai per day). The same type of restaurant in the US charging nearly identical prices might pay their employee 380 kuai per day plus other government fees and unemployment insurance that may add up to 1000 kuai. Point being if these restaurants in America can sell the same thing for the same price at much higher operating costs and still be turning a profit, then there is something definitely wrong here. Someone here either 1) cannot run an efficient business, 2) is making too much money here, or 3) is trying to expand his business too quickly on the penny of his once loyal customers.
However it is also a matter of priorities. If Peter's wants to have smaller amount of customers who pay more money for their food, then they have been successful. For foreigners its just common western food that is too expensive. On the other hand there are more and more rich Chinese everyday who consider Peter's food to be a novelty and may be willing to pay bloated prices. So if their goal is to out-price the foreigners and instead cater to the local upper classes then that is a valid business decision and I give my best wishes to the business model he chooses to follow. I just probably won't be back anytime soon.