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Oct 7, 2008 03:02 PM

Another AMAZING Puro Sabor Meal

We're almost moved out of L.A. and are strapped for time, but had to go to Puro Sabor Peruvian in Van Nuys one last time, so went for lunch.

Seriously, I think Puro Sabor is one of the four or five best restaurants I've ever eaten at, and I have lived and/or traveled in about 28 countries although I've never been to South America.

We had Puro Sabor's Ceviche de Mixto, which is fish, shrimp, squid, octopus marinated in lemon Peruvian spices and seasoning ( I'm reading from the take-out menu -- Puro Sabor has a take-out menu now!) and the Pescado a lo Macho, a fish fillet & seafood combo, onions and tomatoes.

Just friggin' EXQUISITE. The seafood is SO fresh, and whatever the sauces are... I just ate and I'm already craving it.

That and the two very spicy green sauces, one with the rolls and one with the food. Just unbelievable.

The rolls are by far the worst part, because everything else is world class. It's like they buy the rolls in bulk at a week old sale at a cheap supermarket.

Puro Sabor is a treasure, worth driving mile out of the way to, and next time I come back to visit L.A. I will make the trip to Van Nuys, no matter where I'm staying to eat there again.

I used to eat at Mario's all the time, it cannot compare to Puro Sabor. Very few restaurants could.

And the prices are not even just reasonable, they would be amazingly cheap even if the food were of poor quality. Our meal was something like $30 with non-alcoholic drinks and tip for again some of the best food I've ever tasted.

Puro Sabor (Peruvian Food)
6366 Van Nuys Blvd. (cross st. Victory)
Van Nuys, CA 91401
818 908 0818

Man, will I miss the ethnic food in L.A...

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  1. I totally agree PS is a great meal, although I am not sure it's even in my top 25 in terms of best meals, but it sure is tasty!

    We tried it for the first time Friday night, and ordered WAY too much food.

    We started with a Papa Rellena and the fried Yucca recommended by, I think, Das (?). Both were simple, tasty goodness. The Papa was golden brown, flaky, steaming, and super delicious. The yucca was hot hot hot it was so fresh, and I loved it dipped in the sauce they provide.

    For mains we had the Lomo Saltado and the Pescado allo Macho. These were BOTH fantastic! I had the pescado on the recommendation of our waiter (who, I think, is a relative of the owner -- husband maybe?). It was SO fresh and perfectly cooked, and the creamy, almost curry-lite like sauce that came with it was scrumptious!

    The Lomo was cooked perfectly, tender and full of flavor, and I just LOVED eating the fries that came with it and were steeped in its juices.

    We finished up with Alfajores and Picarones -- the Picarones are like funnel cakes with more depth of flavor, but I will say I didn't love the maple syrup sauce that came with them. Now, on the other hand, I scarfed down that alfajore. My God do I love Dulce de Leche, and this stuff was as close as I've gotten to it since my last trip to South America.

    All in all, I would definitely recommend Puro Sabor.

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    1. re: a213b

      I love Puro Sabor. It's been awhile. I have to get down there.

    2. I drove past tonight at 7:45 p.m. The place was packed. Can't wait to try it.

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      1. re: Kate is always hungry

        Hi Kate,

        Good to hear they're packed. They deserve it!

        1. re: Galen

          Yeah Puro Sabor is a great spot. I love the fish there!

      2. I finally went to Puro Sabor last night. I went to Peru last yr, and had some very delicious food, but had heard that there wasn't much for Peruvian here in LA, so I never really pursued it. After seeing many glowing reviews of Puro Sabor, I was excited to try it. I ordered the Aji Gallina (listed as a special, not on their regular menu), and I was completely underwhelmed. It was lacking in depth and the chicken seemed a bit average (at best). It was nowhere near the amazing versions I had in Peru. The Picarones were delicious tough. I also like their Chicha. Very friendly waitress as well.

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        1. re: mdpilam

          Best aji gallina by far is at Mo Chica.

          Puro Sabor is the place for fried seafood, raw seafood, criolla. Their jalea de mariscos is the equal, or better, than the picarones.

          1. re: Thi N.

            Ah, good to know since I don't eat seafood... I do want to try Anticucheria Danessi soon.

          2. re: mdpilam

            You NEED to try the causa rellena at Puro Sabor. NEED to try it.