I stumbled upon Puran's on accident one night. I was in Los Feliz with a friend to pick-up some music from another friend and there was a ton of traffic and we were starving so we pulled over at the first place we saw which was Puran's. I was blown away how good the food was! It was a really cold day, and the server suggested this pomegrante & lentil soup that was a special and it rocked! I also ordered the organic herb dover sole upon her suggestion that was grilled w/ warm cous cous, and I felt like I inhaled it. It tasted so good! My friend got the warm rice salad with black beans and then got the homemade ground filet burger and fries and loved it! We were not going to get dessert, but our server suggested the homemade apple tartin, and we were so glad we listened to her. Warm, tasty and we again inhaled it. I have not had such a great meal and such great service in a very long time! The vibe was casual and it is a nice room. It was not busy when we walked in about 6:30 pm, but it was pretty packed when we left. They also had some cool ambient background music on that we really liked and would have not expected them to be playing. The server was a girl and I did not get her name, but she really knew the menu (which is huge and has a little bit of everything on it), and definitely steered us in the right direction. She also explained that all of the food is really healthy and that Puran (Chef & Owner) does not use anything from a can and that everything is made fresh daily. Our server was really good and you can tell the food is all really fresh the minute you take a bit. The had a ok wine list, and prices were really good and they had a really decent beer selection which both of us opted for. I have been thinking about this meal for over a week, and that is why I decided to post this. I will definitely be back!
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This place used to offer anything on the breakfast/brunch menu, if you came on Saturday or Sunday before 10AM, for $7.95! Ah, those were the days! And the food they offered for brunch was some of the most inventive in town. Now, you pay full price anytime all the time, but the food is still better than most breakfast joints. Their homemade granolas are incredible. I have it topped with fresh fruit and vanilla yoghurt. The fruit is always well selected and very fresh. They make about six different benedict dishes that all have the potential to make this place legendary. The ingredients are always fresh as can be and the hollandaise needs just a bit more lemon to make it perfect. However (and this is a BIG however), they really have an overall problem with plating. It effects everything they serve but it almost ruins the benedicts. I know hollandaise is a delicate suace that can't get too hot, but how you deal with that is too make sure you pull all the ingredients together quickly. Pull the eggs out of the poaching trays, get 'em atop those slabs of Canadian bacon and pour the sauce on and GET IT TO THE TABLE. The eggs should help warm the sauce a bit in this scenario, but it seems they are always putting luke warm sauce on top of eggs that have gotten cold. The dish comes to you tepid and makes you think it has been sitting around. Not too appetizing. Sad, as I know from the flavors they have a potentially great benedict. Too many other inventive and mighty tasty dishes to mention but I can say the pancakes are quite delicious! All portions are very generous and the prices, even though not as low as days of yore, are still really fair.
I've been going to this restaurant because they have that hard to find authentic home style taste and they make tortillas fresh - on the spot - and they're so good you could eat them by themselves. Their menu is just right, having all the components that make up just about every dish you can think of - it's a small (hole in the wall) restaurant and at times you may have to wait 10 minutes, but it's worth it and you will see people waiting - why? Because honestly, there's almost no dish that is not good (and they serve menudo and cocido every day, even birria!) - and there are some that are just plain great. Before my mother passed away I would go to lunch with her all the time and she was a great cook, so she was as picky as the sun is hot - and more then 1/2 the time when I asked her where to? She'd say, with a smile on her face, 'Chispa!'....which made me happy to make her happy. I couldn't rate this any better, to impress my mom meant you took care in the details (to mom that was roasting fresh chiles, cooking on low heat when necessary, fresh ingredients, just the right amount of spices - never too salty or bland, salsas that let you know someone knows how to cook and consistant, consistant, consistant). And everyone there is friendly and they already know what I like -so I don't even have to say the whole dish (lengua en salsa de tomatillo con frijoles y arroz - THE BEST!) - I almost regret rating it cause that means I might have to wait longer....but my mom shared this place so can I. Take your parent(s) out to this little place...they'll want to go back and so will you.
After a fun visit to a nearby costume shop, our hungry group of 12 set out to find some good food to enjoy together before returning to the office. One of our group said that Loteria was a favorite of hers, so we trekked on over on her recommendation. I found the menu to be interesting - a variety of vegetarian selections (the one who recommended the place is a vegetarian) including a cactus salad and a succotash of zucchini and roasted corn to name a few. It was cool that there was something on the menu for everyone in our mixed bunch. I'm a big fan of carnitas myself, so I ordered a carnitas burrito. In addition to being super spicy - just the way I like it - the meat was tender and tasty, and the composition featured black beans instead of the refried variety. The burrito was also on the larger side. I could only finish half, but was delighted to have something to enjoy or share later on. The only downside to our visit was the service. We arrived before the lunch hour - around 11:30 or so - and were the only patrons in the place for at least the first 20 minutes of our time there. Yet table service was slow (i.e. bringing water to the table and taking drink orders), and one entree was completely forgotten about. Also requests for salsa, chips and other sides / condiments were either ignored or completely forgotten. Still the place is promising, has a nice atmosphere, and is a real find that's just a few blocks away from Hollywood & Highland.
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS & AFTER 9 P.M. on MON-SAT!!! I just had to make sure you all got that 'cos I've gone like 2xs - once at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday night & once around noon on a Sunday day. I was so annoyed at myself for not calling first to check their hours. Still as good as it gets for chic hwe naeng myun (that black noodle) with spicy raw fish. They serve it with a side of icy broth from the regular mool naeng myun. And of course we can't forget the King Kimchi Dumplings (kimchi wang mandoo)! I can barely hold it up in my chopsticks to dip it into my soy sauce+vinegar concoction...then barely make it to the plate to take a bite. It's ridiculously gianormous! They have a warm meaty broth that we self-served ourselves after the meal near the ice water pitcher by the cashier - yummy goodness! Something about having naeng myun on a hot day is like people who want watermelon or an icy cold beer on a front porch during a nice summer day ...something about the heat brings out the craving for naeng myun for me. Wait...it's November...eh, it was over 90 degrees in SoCal this past week. That's winter weather for you in SoCal! They used to have 2 other locations but both of them disappeared. I always like this location on Serrano & Olympic better than the other 2 any way. One thing to note, the parking lot in front in the evenings becomes valet only - complimentary - tip only - but it's still valet.
Yes, Pico Nails is the business. Especially Ms. Kim. Kim has been doing nails for a really long time and has mastered the skill. I have followed Kim to every nail shop, no matter how far. But I must say, that I am so happy that she is back with the family because you feel like apart of the family when you walk in. Instead of the normal ghetto nail shop, with other women cutting their eyes and manicurist fighting over clients, you are presented with smiling faces and sometimes even huggs. I have not even began on the appearance of your nails once you are done. I sware I have gone 3-4 weeks without fills and pedicures and my feet and nails still look good/no falling off either. You can try to imagine anything up for a design, and better beleive Kim is going to Deliver. She needs no direction. She takes her time and does a beautiful Job. You leave very satisfied. You will be ready to pop a cigarette in your mouth after your day!! Lol.. Seriously though.. Nothing feels better than the job they do. I dont know what I would do if she was to ever leave the business. I can go on and on.. But you would be a fool not to pay them a visit. I am going in today to get martini glasses on my toes or maybe even fruit slices.. who knows, Kim comes up with so much great stuff herself, she may already have something in mind for me. Mom, Pop, Bro Bro, and Kim, you are very much appreciated...
I wondered exactly what this place was about! the pictures on the web give you no clue to how great it truly is in this place! The seating is so comfortable I felt like never leaving! plus I felt like I had just arrived home! they rolled out the welcome mat for me, a total stranger! I felt like I was getting the same treatment any of Hollywoods elite would have gotten! And, when they offer you a soda, it tastes like no pop I have ever had! I can't describe it to you, but it had this rich and clean taste! it was as though it had been specifically made just for them! It was even bottled in 10oz glass bottles! He brought it out to the table and poured it as if it was the finest wine! If price is an issue, you better wear a blindfold when you look at the menu! It is pricey and it tasted so good! my son had French toast, and it came with fruit! The fruit was the freshest cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes I had ever seen! here I had a burger that tasted like a steak! the garnish for it was some of the freshest produce! I thanked my server and knew that one day I would be back! probably a regular! When he brought the ticket to my table he called me by name and treated me with the utmost respect! Thank You for an experience I would fully recommend!
The music is great, the people are awesome, the club itself is one of a kind.... my only complaint would be the evil bartender lady. When I went there last night I asked her for a glass of water and when she handed it to me she said it was $1. I asked my friend if she had a dollar on her cus I had no cash on me and she couldn't find her $20 bill. We told the bartender that we would get the dollar from my other friend, and I stayed there with the drink while my friend went to get the money, as soon as she saw my friend leave, she grabbed the water out of my hand and told me, "I'll hold this for you 'till you come back with the money". My friend and I couldn't believe it! We were shocked that she would actually do that for a glass of water. We weren't trying to pull a fast one, we were really gonna get the money, yes, a whole dollar for a glass of water! Since I've been going there for the last 4 years, I've noticed she always tends to charge girls more for their drinks than the guys. My friend told me she went there about 5 months ago and that same lady, the only one that's always there, over-charged her credit card by $20! , I would give this club 5 stars, but that bartender is such a complete %$#@, she needs to take her attitude somewhere else!
This place has great pizza and terrific wine and beer list. I am so glad it's within walking distance of my house - I can enjoy a few glasses of wine or sangria and not worry about driving, plus I can walk off the carbs. WIN! We've had the "Greens, egg & ham" and the Field Mushroom pizzas and all were tasty and incredibly fresh. After our third time coming here, we branched out and ordered a pasta dish - the chicken and mushroom cavatappi, and almost ate the finish off the bowl. The service is pretty good - attentive staff and very friendly. The patio is especially nice since it's so open and makes a great place to sit on a lovely LA afternoon and sip sangria! One evening we were feeling lazy and rather than walking somewhere to eat, we felt like ordering in. We discovered they deliver, and we've ordered in twice now. On both occasions we ordered the Tuscan bean soup and hand chopped salad which make a great soup and salad combo. The soup is very hearty and warms the heart, and the salad is fresh, crunchy and full of great flavors with the roasted corn and bits of bacon. Ok, so that makes five times now that we've either eaten here or ordered from them. I think it's pretty safe to say this place has a permanent fixture in our dining rotation.
Fun family environment and great food! We ordered Flame Burgers this time. Very juicy and delicious burgers on special buns. We also ordered 3 orders of fries and three baskets full of home-made fresh cut fries were served; two orders would have been enough for the 4 of us. The desert was excellent too, we ordered churros and a special ice cream that was rolled in delicious crispy flakes and served a soft fried sugary dough. Very happy with the quality of the food. Very clean and modern environment. When signing my credit card on the screen I was able to enter my cell phone number and a receipt was texted to me. Service was A+. The chef was going around between orders and asking if everyone was enjoying their meal. A few large-screen TV's, we watched the Dodgers game during our meal. Then the kids went to their play room and had the time of their life with video games, other electronic games, basketball hoops, Foosball, etc, while my wife and I sat in the beautiful balcony and relaxed. The kids wanted to do something special on a summer afternoon and this worked out perfectly. Two thumbs up!