Hancock Park: Mario’s Peruvian Restaurant
I have friends in a new ‘hood. We’re having a grand time exploring Hancock Park. We’ve walked Mud Hen but a it’s much quicker to grab a bite at Vim Thai and Mario’s Peruvian at a nearby strip mall. I had not been to this location before and generally prefer to go to Natalie Peruvian in East Hollywood.
I was convinced though it must be a great place because of the long lines and wait for this modestly sized restaurant. We ordered our usual things; seafood soup and seafood fried rice. I tend to get the Parihuela even if it can be quite the chore to get every tasty bit out of shells. But it’s generally worth it. Mario’s version comes in a smaller bowl and initially it doesn’t seem like there’s that much seafood. But gradually, I realized this is a much easier bowl to tackle for one person. Highlights were the shrimp and fish.
I also prefer Natalie’s chaufa but Mario does an excellent job with fried rice. And their green sauce is extremely spicy. Be careful drizzling that all over your rice. If we don’t feel like driving to Hollywood, then walking over to Mario’s isn’t a bad choice.
I’m excited Oinkster just opened in the neighborhood. That’s next up on my list of Hancock Park eats.
Mario’s Peruvian5786 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 — (323) 466-4181 © The Minty 2014