I have lived adjacent to Downey for nearly two years now and have not really explored the restaurants of the area. Maybe I am just missing my old South Bay stomping grounds, but regardless of the hang-up, after twenty four months I still don't have any Downey favorites.
That has changed.
After reading some positive reviews and craving a good Lomo Saltado, I headed down to El Salto De Frayle on Firestone Blvd Saturday night.
While Peruvian joints usually make it or break it on their seafood dishes or chicken, my true love is Lomo Saltado, a stir-fry of sorts with beef, onions, french fry style potatoes, and tomatoes and served with a nice side of white rice.
Truth be known, I have never tasted a bad dish of Lomo Saltado, but my favorite comes from El Pollo Inka (Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale).
Salto De Frayle proved to be your typical strip-mall restaurant with a few tables and predictably decked out with Peruvian decor. The restaurant had a few other guests and the atmosphere was very mellow, with a soccer game between Germany and Serbia being shown on three plasma televisions.
Before I received my dish I was served a bowl of roasted corn nuts, a nice touch, but I would have appreciated a basket of bread, which eventually was given at the moment my main dish arrived.
When the Lomo Saltado did appear, in a timely manner, it looked like just about any other Lomo Saltado I had seen in Southern California and tasted about the same. The mix of tomato, french fries, onions, and beef was spot on. In these difficult economic times, I thought the might skimp on the beef and add more onions and tomatoes...not the case.
I am now spared the necessity to drive to Lawndale or nearby Cerritos to get a nice plate of lomo. Good think with gas prices hitting $4.00 a gallon for regular.
Bottom line, if you are in the Downey area and want a good, solid Lomo Saltado...El Salto De Frayle delivers.
El Salto Del Frayle
7639 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241