The only way to get real authentic and delicious pupusas, is to have a freind or family member whose origins are from el salvador.....the process they go through once a year to make the tamales ( nothing like mexican tamales ) and pupusas, is painstaking and time consuming....as many el salvadorians restaurants as there are in los angeles, few if any, make them the way they're made in the homes of those whose tradition it is, to go through this social event....having said that....the pupusas are fairly good here....like many latin restaurants, they tend to cook everything OVER-WELL.... the puree beens are good......the service is fair to good here ...but they dont let you switch much on the menu....the place is clean and now they've added a bar... 4 is probably a bit too high, I actually say 3-1/2 is closer to right...
I'm hesitant to post this review lest other people catch on to this apparent secret - brunch at Malo. You can walk in at any time and score a table on the half full patio. It is fully shaded so comfortable on all but the hottest days. Be careful that oyu don't fill up on the fresh chips and homemade salsa because you want to save room for the carnitas and corn pancakes. Seriously, a corn pancake short stack with carnitas layered between topped with a gooey poached egg. That just happened.
Most people hit Fairfax for Ethiopian food not knowing the best food in the city is a half mile away here at Awash. The place scares people from the street. Barred up windows and metal security door. Drawn curtains. Be brave people. Open the door and enjoy. Always get the veggie platter and rotate their proteins. Awaze Tibbs, Kifto Special. Ran into Jermaine Jackson here, but I don't know if that's a selling point. Service is slow, but whatever.
I give this place one star off because it's a little on the pricey side for what amounts to Mexican food. However, love their Coke carnitas and dill pickle/ground beef hardshell tacos. (Greasy, but oh-so good... I make my own tacos at home now with dill pickles because they got me hooked!) Nice patio on hot summer nights to chill on with a margarita or cerveza. Family-friendly, and they have surprisingly awesome brunch.
I tried their pupusas and was peasantly surprised. Fluffy though seems to be fresh and nicely cooked throughout. Well rounded and not too doughy. I usually have the pupusas but am slowly working my way to the rest of the menu. So far I am extremely pleased with the food and service. They are usually busy so be patient usual wait time is 20 min.
I love their food from chicken to beef and more along with their dipping sauce, dessert, and thai ice tea make a hearty meal. Great to dine-in with a nice quiet, intimate atmosphere for families. friends, and for that special someone. One negative aspect is that their portions vary at time from dine-in to take out.
Entrance is hidden behind a parking structure, but once found, you'll have great access to deconstructed vietnamese food in the heart of little tokyo. Beef tartare is flavorful, banh mi salad is deconstructed sandwich on a plate and their version of roasted pork belly is like peking duck, crunchy and moist.
While the patio is dark and it's hard to see what you are eating, the food tastes good. The chewy chips and salsa are great, as is the ceviche and the beef and pickle tacos. Great place to hang and enjoy Mexican food, and while I have heard about their large Tequila collection, I have not indulged
Great Service! Excellent Argentinian wine! From the moment you walk in, you are guided on what can only be described as culinary heaven. I tasted a large variety of things off the menu and none of them dissapointed me. Highly recommended!
Spicy food and elegant dining area. I love it in here, really the food is out of this world and they have the best service crew around. They make sure that the tip you give them is worth it.