This is in the old La Paz Salvadoran space on Echo Park Blvd, a block north of Sunset. I loved this place for its pupusas on Sunday morning.
The new owner has really improved the looks, and there is now air conditioning. I like the rock photos (Keith Richards, Slash, Tommy Lee, Lemmy) on the walls. There is an imposing bar, with nobody at it because they don't have their liquor license. There is a TV over it, but the volume is turned down and there is light music playing in the restaurant. You can't hear the TV.
There's a small menu that you can see on their website so I won’t go into it here.
There is also a $15 at 15 deal where you pick an appetizer (calamari, salad or quesadilla), an entrée (braised short ribs, steak with chimichurri sauce, or tonight’s special: Chilean sea bass), and a dessert chosen by the management. 3 courses for $15. A deal if you ask me.
They start you off with sliced pita and a small bowl of decent hummus. We also ordered some virgin mojitos that were very sour. They could have used a little more sugar.
The calamari was quite good and served with Thai sweet pepper sauce.
The salad was also pretty good, with tender greens, baby tomatoes and a vinaigrette dressing.
The sea bass was reportedly very good. However the shortribs were offensively oversalted. It was like they were brined. And to make matters worse, the mashed potatoes had a healthy mix of horseradish (normally I would love this, but I needed something to neutralize the salt in the meat). I was starving, and it’s not a huge portion so I ate it anyway. But I will not order this again.
The winner of the night was the dessert: chocolate croissant bread pudding. This was nothing short of excellent. I will definitely order this when I go back.
And I will be back. I’m sure I can find something I like on the menu. I want to try the hamburger, the steak with chimichurri sauce and the chicken.
EDIT: (It's Echo Park Blvd, not Ave)
1320 Echo Park Blvd (1 block north of Sunset)
1320 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026