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Seeking "Peruvian" approved Peruvian spot

A bit of a challenge for the LA chowhounds that in sure can be overcome.

A friend of Peruvian descent recently moved to LA from SF and swears there's no decent Peruvian in LA. She's been to Mario's and complaints that the lomo saltado is greasy and the flavor doesn't cut the mustard. My palate is rather inexperienced when it comes to Peruvian, so I'm kind of stuck as the places I know are in line with Mario's

Peruvian connoisseurs, can you please recommend your top picks?

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Mario's Peruvian
15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

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  1. You may want to search for previous threads about Puro Sabor in Van Nuys. It appears to be popular among CHers. Can't tell who is Peruvian, though.

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    Puro Sabor
    6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

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    1. re: selfportrait93

      Co-sign Puro Sabor.

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      Puro Sabor
      6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

      1. re: a213b

        Puro Sabor is in the superdelicious class - cerviche to die for.

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        Puro Sabor
        6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

      2. re: selfportrait93

        Puro Sabor is on my list also, along with Kotosh at Kamiyama, El Rocoto, and Mo Chica.

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        Kotosh at Kamiyama
        2408 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717

        Puro Sabor
        6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

        El Rocoto Restaurant
        11433 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

        1. re: selfportrait93

          Puro sabor is great overall but their lomo is not...stay way from that one dish.

        2. Mo-Chica is more than decent. The food I've had there is almost on par with that at the most highly regarded restaurants in Lima, though the menu is very limited and there is no atmosphere to speak of. They even do a decent job with presentation considering the food court setting. I wish they'd open up a true restaurant and expand the menu.

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          Mo-Chica
          3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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          1. re: sushigirlie

            Ricardo Zarate actually has two new places in the works, one of which might be similar to Mo-Chica in terms of food but nicer in terms of decor:

            http://la.eater.com/archives/2010/11/...

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            Mo-Chica
            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          2. I'm no Peruvian but I second Mo-Chica! And better hurry before they move ..

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            Mo-Chica
            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

            1. Hmmm, I have several Peruvian friends and they say the Peruvian food in LA is fantastic. They like Mario's just fine. To each his/her own, I guess.

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              1. re: granadafan

                I have a couple of friends from Peru as well, and they swear by El Rocoto and Kotosh. I guess it depends on where and what you grew up with that was familiar. El Rocoto is Peruvian with a Chinese influence, while Kotosh is Peruvian with Japanese influence. My Peruvian friends tell me they are "surprised how people in the US claim to be African-American, Mexican-American, Japanese-American and so on. In Peru, everyone is Peruvian no matter where their fathers came from..."

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Agree with bulavinaka that it really depends on what your friend is looking for. My husband grew up in Peru and his personal favorite in L.A. is Mo Chica (especially the ceviche). But he cautions that this is a more modern take on Peruvian, so if your friend is looking for homestyle cooking this isn't it. Kotosh and El Rocoto are also good at what they do, but as bulavinaka mentioned, they have specific takes on Peruvian as well.

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                  El Rocoto Restaurant
                  11433 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

              2. I like Mario's Peruvian and Mo-Chica.

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                Mario's Peruvian
                15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

                Mo-Chica
                3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007