First of all, I like this place better than El Rocoto. After many attempts, El Rocoto has done me right only about 1 out of 5 visits. This neighborhood ain't the best part of Gardena, but it's not that bad. Plus, the people were way friendlier here than El Rocoto.
Being a seafood restaurant, I ordered Sudado de Mariscos and Picante de Mariscos. The Sudado dish is mixed seafood cooked in a wine sauce. This was really good. The Picante dish is mixed seafood, potato and hard boiled egg cooked in a thick, rich, milky sauce. Both dishes were pretty rich, but very satisfying with white rice. On another note, when I walked in, I noticed some dude eating a plate of mixed ceviche de mariscos. That looked good, and I think I'll try that next time.
When I walked out to my car, I got hit up by, of all people, LDS (Latter Day Saints). These dudes sure do get around. I see these LDS dudes cruising their bikes or walking in some pretty rough neighborhoods. Then I got hit up by some dude staggering around, liquor in hand who seemed like he'd been at it all afternoon. He wanted to talk about my car. So we kicked it around for a little, but I was hungry with my food in the car and had to get on.
Anyway, I know most people on here probably will not venture out to this place, nor get out of their car when they see the location. Doesn't matter, I've seen this place pretty full for dinner while driving by many times. I'll definitely be back to try some other stuff.
p.s. typical chowhounders will never go to this type of place
1353 W Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90247