Almost everybody in L.A. has been to or at least heard of Versailles.
But, if you haven't, allow me to introduce you to a reliable local Cuban chain -- I have yet to eat a bad meal here.
I've been to three of the five locations. And, although I frequent the one on La Cienega, on this particular night, I went to the Culver City outpost with L.A. and OC Foodventures and Wandering Chopsticks.
Funny how I've never blogged about Versailles until now.
Famoso Pollo Versailles -- Versailles Famous Garlic Chicken ($10.95).
Roasted half chicken marinated in garlic sauce garnished with sliced onions.
This is Wandering Chopsticks' favorite. It's my second-favorite thing on the menu. Always juicy and sure to please even your pickiest friend.
Macitas de Puercos Fritas -- Fried Pork Chunks ($10.95).
Tender lean chunks of pork marinated in garlic mojo sauce topped with onions.
Amazingly, this was L.A. and OC Foodventures' first time at Versailles. His dish was tasty enough, but I think the frying of the pork dried it out a tad.
Lechon Asado -- Cuban Style Roast Pork ($10.95).
Classic Cuban roast pork marinated in garlic mojo criollo sauce and accompanying beans.
This is my favorite dish at Versailles. It's hard for me to order anything else.
I don't eat all the onions, but I adore the flavor they leave all over the plentiful pork. If you like garlic, you'll fall in love with my favorite dish, too. Every single moist and tender bite is steeped with glorious garlic. The flavor is so strong that I always make a barrier of rice to block the juices from running into the beautiful golden plantains. Then there are the beans. Slightly smoky and perfect with my garlic-juice-laden rice.
Simple. Flavorful. Filling. What more could you ask for?