Its the second week theyve been open, and I spotted them the other day while walking through Hollywood. Its about a block from the Arclight Theater, so we decided to try it before seeing the new movie about penguins.
We were the only ones there at 6pm (and there were no customers in there when the movie was over a little before 9pm).
The menu features various ceviches, saltados, pastas and some meat dishes. The waiter was friendly and really seemed to know the menu. In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if he was Peruvian. He recommended the ceviche, and helped me pick out the Ceviche del Balcones. This dish allows you to choose what kind of ceviche you want, and comes with fried calamari. I explained that I wasnt interested in picking out certain types of ceviche, but I liked the idea of having some fried calamari for variety. He said they would put a mix of different ceviches on the plate.
My wife ordered a spaghetti dish, which was fundamentally a chicken saltado served over spaghetti.
The waiter brought out some bread (2 rolls) and that great green spicy Peruvian salsa. The bread was gone quickly.
The food took some time to prepare. Probably about 15 minutes.
The ceviche was fresh, and was mostly squid, which I like very much. There was also shrimp and some halibut in there, but the squid was the star. And as described by the waiter, there was a pile of fried calamari alongside the ceviche on the same plate. I really enjoyed the different textures of the two types of food alongside one another. The ceviche was served with a large chunk of sweet potato and a similarly sized chunk of regular potato. Over the top were thinly sliced red onions.
The saltado was smoky-flavored and the spicing and flavors went well together. It was something I might order if I went back, although I liked the ceviche so much, in all likelihood Ill order that again.
My only complaint about this place is that the air was quite stale as we walked in. I think they need to air the place out every once in a while. Maybe with more customers the door will be open more often.
The whole meal was about $25 (we just drank water), and I think good value for the money. I hope they stay in business, as it doesnt look like theyre having much luck attracting customers.
Los Balcones del Peru
East side of Vine
Corner of Vine and DeLongpre