Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Las Quenas

Breakfast of champions.Bistec a lo pobre.

Lomo saltado.

If you blink you'll miss it!

Pescado sudado.

This is one of my favorite Peruvian joints in LA, located on Sherman Way's restaurant row.The food here is outstanding and quite inexpensive. We kicked off the Spring '08 series of Tuesday night dinners at this humble eatery. The owner was nice enough to talk about his cuisine, from Lima and the coast of Peru, and share his collection of cookbooks from Peru. Peruanos are very proud of their cuisine, as well they should be, with such a variety of dishes influenced by so many cultures.The cookbooks were a feast for the eyes, but, to the food.

I ordered the papa a la huincaina to check out Las Quenas' version of this Peruvian standard and struck gold. The anticuchos weren't available tonight, darn.The pescado sudado was delicious with a mild yet complex sauce, and the picante de camarones was very delicious but not muy picante. I washed down this fine selection of eats with some Cusqeunas, Peruvian beers, while checking out the plates from the locals tables. While saltados seem like such an uninteresting choice I noticed that many of the Peruanos had ordered a saltado.Hmmmmm. The other day I was greedily eyeing the bistec a lo pobre on another customer's plate when I went by to set up this dinner. Looks like I will have to hit a saltado next time around and come by on a Sunday afternoon for that bistec.Mike sent me a photo of his bistec upon his return visit that lucky dog.

Las Quenas has a great menu and all of us were pretty happy with our choices on this culinary kickoff.

Las Quenas
12708 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605

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