Gone Fishin' at Los Balcones Del Peru
There comes a time in most diner's lives when clearly the palate should be expanded. Sometimes this means heading into unchartered waters. It helps to have a guide along for trip; at the very least in dining out it is nice to be taken somewhere new to you by someone who's been there before. That is precisely how this LAist was introduced to Peruvian seafood at Los Balcones Del Peru.
Los Balcones has taken up residency in a somewhat unassuming space on Vine Street in Hollywood, a stone's throw from the ArcLight and the surrounding mega-plex of quick eats and retail. The ambience is casual, but extremely friendly. Even though it was close to closing time we were seated with an enthusiastic and welcoming grin, and made to feel right at home. Our server was convivial, and was quick to offer explanations and recommendations as needed. Although the menu branches out to include beef and chicken dishes, our table went with an all-mariscos (seafood) theme. One of us opted to make the Ceviche de Camarones (shrimp) their main meal, having chosen the shrimp from a set of six possible ceviche options. Another one of us opted for the Pescado Sudado, which is a braised fish fillet in a sauce of onions, tomatoes, and wine. We chose a similar dish, the Sudado de Mariscos, which was a variety of poached seafood in a broth-like sauce of tomatoes, onions, and wine. Steamed rice rounded out the entrees, which were savory, just spicy enough, and light enough for a late evening dinner. Our server made sure that we all had spoons so as not to waste a drop of our sauce, and his attentiveness and the warm atmosphere, along with the tasty food, made our first foray into the unknown waters of Peruvian seafood smooth sailing. We'd love to go back to Los Balcones to try the meat dishes, or those dishes that incorporate elements like sauteed spaghetti or french fries. We've got a lot to learn about Peruvian food!
Los Balcones Del Peru
1360 North Vine Street