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Peruvian Restaurant$$
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514 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014
514 W 7th StUSCALos Angeles90014
$$Peruvian Restaurant, Latin American RestaurantToday Closed
Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmSunday Closed
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Contemporary Peruvian comfort food & cocktails in a vibrant industrial space with rustic accents.- Google
People talk about lomo saltado, small plates, ceviche, pisco and paiche
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Dominique Fry
reviewed a month ago
Cocktails were excellent. Beterraga salad was good and the ceviche delicious. We ordered braised lamb shank (I believe it was a special) and got returned to the kitchen. It was chewy and impossible to eat. The server was as understanding and polite as expected. They replaced it with a new and much tender order. Overall a good experience but I/m not eager to go back.
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Loretta Salazar
reviewed 2 months ago
Being Peruvian myself...this place has nothing authentic Peruvian they are trying way too hard to be Nuvo_Peruvian but its just horrible. We started with a ceviche the overpriced ceviche I think had about 6 small/tiny pieces of fish too much onions and one nice size shrimp on taste and my husband literally spit it out, we could tell what it was but I think they put ton of cinnamon on top...gross! It was horrible. Glad I didn't order the Papa ala Huancaina. I did order a Pisco was very pretty it had a cute little pictograph of a mo-chica native drawn into the foam...that's where the cute started & stopped, it was not a quality Pisco Sour it was watered down Pisco, it didn't have it, couldn't drink it. Then onto the main course my husband ordered Lomo Saltado...lomo saltado is made with lomo fino cut in slices, 1 this was not fino.. it was grisly chucks of beef not even cooked all the way through to was still bloody, Lomo should have a great flambe flavor to it this was not good. Then my food arrived...I ordered the tallarin saltado, which should be the delicious Peruvian version of a Lo Mein also flambes.... this was a bowl of sloppy soupy fat noodles had no flavor I had to add a bunch of salt, and I think they added Parmesan cheese to this sloppy soupy gravy the noodle were drowning in, that stuck to the fork, This was nothing was gross. I normally don't take the time to do these reviews but I really felt this one warranted a post. I feel it my duty as a proud Peruvian to steer people away from a horrible excuse for Peruvian Food.
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John Meza
reviewed 5 months ago
I'm very picky when it comes to food from my country...but they did a delicious job in making some yummy Peruvian food. The dishes are in small portions so I recommended 2 dishes to fill you up. Pricey but worth it.
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reviewed a week ago
Who doesn't love the great food and drink options in downtown L.A.? I wish I could go there more often. After visiting San Antonio Winery for free tastings & hitting up Seven Grand's great happy hour whiskey cocktails, I walked across the street to find Mo-Chica with an open table for 2 to help me soak up the libations. Things were really going my way. To continue my drinking trend, I started with a watermelon margarita. It was great, not too sweet or sour or strong--just a nice refreshing drink. We weren't that hungry, and the small plates actually filled us up for the rest of the night. I loved every dish. The tuna was fresh tasting, moderately spicy, and I liked the squishy bread and mayo that it was served with. The grilled octopus had a nice smoky flavor, and was probably my favorite of the evening. The fried chicken tasted just like it's counterpart at Picca, and the meat was still juicy and steaming hot on the inside. The picarones had a nice texture, kind of like eating mochi, except that they tasted a little burnt--although they looked great when the dish arrived. I would definitely return to Mo-Chica, especially when the wait at Bottega Louie is bordering on ridiculous, and I need to combat my low blood sugar or alcohol addiction asap. I hope to make a return visit sooner than later!
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Adam Field
reviewed 2 months ago
Absolutely excellent. The aji de gallina was a bit different than I was used to (not as thick), but it was still fantastic. The hamburguesa was *very* interesting (in a good way). Lunch special came with a small bowl of tasty pasta salad, and a small bowl of regular green salad that looked boring, until I tasted it and realized it had a mindblowingly good dressing. Also came with a small, but decadent, square of the best tres leches cake we'd ever had. We also tried the chicharron de pollo appetizer, which again, the dish itself was just really good fried chicken cubes, nothing that exceptional, but the "rocoto aioli" was *definitely* something exceptional. Service was also just crazy good. Only complaint: where's the aji sauce? You go to a Peruvian place, even if it's super-fusiony, I still want to see aji sauce. :p EDIT: came back a second time a few weeks ago, because they're super good. It's not on the menu, but at least when we tried, they would totally sell you a full sized slice of tres leches for 7 bucks. I'm not usually a fan of paying 7 bucks for a dessert, but in this case, it is so totally worth it. That is some monumentally excellent dessert.
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Gita Singh
reviewed 7 months ago
We went last night. It is in the heart of Downtown's thriving restaurant area. I arrived at 7:30 and the restaurant was sparsely populated. The service was good (sadly not great). My biggest complaint is that as the restaurant is not well lit, I could not read the menu - it has tiny print and is on bright yellow paper. I dont need glasses but just looking at it gave me a headache. Feeling defeated, I left the ordering up to the others. So partly empty restaurant, unreadable menu, we had the makings of shaky start. But the minute drinks and food started to arrive, WOW, just WOW. I ordered a smoky margarita which was extraordinary. My friend ordered a grapefruit cocktail which was also fantastic. The entire bar menu and bar is extraordinary. We ordered a $40 bottle of red and we all three enjoyed it. But then the food began to arrive and other than the roasted artichoke (which was fine), everything we ordered and ate was truly delicious. Again, as I didnt do the ordering, I can only hint at what we ate. A yellow tail sashimi-style plate. A mixto calamari which was heavenly. We tried the pan con tuna which was delicious as was the beet salad. We also tried the seafood paella and something perhaps called Paiche. Each and everything was simply amazing. Great individual taste. As we were celebrating a birthday, we ordered one dessert - the creme brulee. It was extraordinary. I will dream about it. Perfect caramelized custard on top of a medley of fruit and PURPLE Corn?? I think that is what the server said. So so so good. We are so so going back!!
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