Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Super Mario's

Brother Monkey lives just a stone's throw away from Mario's Peruvian & Seafood Restaurant (5786 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles). Lucky guy.
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This strip mall restaurant is so busy that there is often no space in the parking lot. Mario's attracts everyone. It's like the United Nations in here.

And you know, when that happens, the food can't be bad.

Saltado de camarones -- shrimp sauteed with onions, tomatoes, and french fries served with rice ($11.00).
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BroMo said that this is his usual order to go. While most customers opt for the lomo saltado, we enjoyed these shrimp prepared in the same manner. Good choice, BroMo.

Pescado a la chorrillana -- fried fillet of Pacific red snapper with sauteed onions and tomatoes, rice, boiled fried potatoes, and fried bread ($10.25).
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I wish the fish had been fried longer to a more golden state, but still yummy yummy.

Bistec a la chorrillana -- pan-fried steak with sauteed onions, tomatoes, and rice ($9.75).
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Very flavorful, though the steak could've been more tender. Quite good nevertheless.

Mario's is solid. Everything is well-seasoned, and portions are rather generous. This time, the masses aren't asses. They're right.


  1. I think BroMo has a good palate, I agree with the choice of saltado de camarones!

  2. Mmmm, Peruvian food is so good. Definitely one of the perks of living in Chile!

  3. I am really intrigued about all these good restaurants in strip malls. We don't have that here.

  4. Good peruvian food makes me happy. Nice to hear of another good joint besides my favorite Don Felix.

  5. I'd wager that you eat Peruvian food more than anyone else I know. Totally jealous.

  6. I live a stone's throw away from this place too! But haven't been.

    Wah wah. I need a BroMo to take me there!

  7. I enjoyed my meal there... total comfort food. Thanks for the rec!

  8. the masses aren't asses? i love it.

  9. This looks absolutely delicious! Yum!

  10. I love Peruvian food. There are 2 spots in OC that we really enjoy. Holes in the wall, but family owned, cheap, and very tasty.

  11. there is actually a lot of good peruvian in OC. if you're ever in the cerritos area, try el recoto in the 99 ranch plaza.

  12. I like that you AND BroMo are foodies.


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