The waitress didn’t speak a word of English, which I appreciated. It made it more authentic-feeling. She was very sweet and helpful, though. I asked what the best thing on the special board was and she said the “seco….carne o gallina?” I chose the carne.
They bring each person a good-sized roll with a squirt bottle of aji to enjoy while you wait. I also ordered an Inka cola, which is basically sugar water that smells and tastes like bubble gum.
When the main course came, it was a wonderfully tender slow-cooked beef stew. I could, and did, cut the 2” cubes of beef with my fork. It was very beefy-tasting, and had delicious sauce over the top. It was served with pickled red onions and rice. This was a very good dish that I will order again without hesitation.
My buddy ordered the ceviche mixto, which was also a winner. There were big chunks of fish, squid, octopus and shrimp, which were done perfectly. It tasted fresh and maintained its firmness through the marinating process. It was topped with thinly sliced marinated onions and served with the huge Peruvian corn kernels cooked two ways: boiled and fried. They both added texture to the dish and really made this a complete meal.
This place serves the best Peruvian I’ve had. My second favorite is Los Balcones, which is far ahead of Marios, Don Felix, et. al.
I am definitely going back to this place.
6366 Van Nuys Blvd. (just north of Victory)