The first time I ever went to Natalie Peruvian, it seemed like everyone knew about it and it was proclaimed to be as good if not better than the other well-known places for Peruvian food. Up until that point, I’ve had awful Peruvian from a local chain and the saltiest Peruvian food from one of the “bests.” I was then somewhat skeptical this could be any good.
One bite of the fried rice or “chaufa” changed my mind. It was the best fried rice I’ve had. Better than many Asian places! The eggs were always perfect and there was plenty of protein. Portions were so large, you can make 4 meals out of one dish.
But lately, I’ve been going back to the seafood soup and in particular, the parihuela– a word I can’t pronounce but know it means “awesome.” The soup comes with calamari rings, octopus slices, shrimp and those great crab legs.
Other dishes to get would be natuarally anything from the seafood section including this lovely steamed fish. We also like to get the ceviches.
Word on the street is there’s another Peruvian restaurant with great ceviche. I’ll have to do a comparison soon since I’m always in the mood for seafood. But if it’s not any good, I know I can always rely on Natalie.
Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant
5759 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028