Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Second Puerto Rican Restaurant Opens In Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Old San Juan Restaurant, Los Angeles

Puerto Ricans and Angelinos have a new restaurant to enjoy.  Old San Juan, a new Pueto Rican restaurant has opened in Los Angeles.  Old San Juan Restaurant is the second Puerto Rican restaurant in Los Ageles.  The first one was Mofongo restaurant, in North Hollywood, which we wrote about sometime ago. 


Old San Juan Restaurant is located in the area of Los Angeles called Atwater Village.  The exterior of Old San Juan Restaurant, is painted gray and white just like La Fortaleza, the Governor's Mansion in Puerto Rico.  The restaurant is comfortable with tables and booths, and is decorated with pictures and decorations of Old San Juan and Puerto Rico.  Old San Juan Restaurant offers all the traditional Puerto Rican dishes you expect: pasteles, arroz con gandules, lechon, alcapurrias, etc.  


When we visited we tried a number of entree and appetizers from their extensive menu.  We had: Bacalaitos, alcapurrias, sorullitos, pasteles, camarones al ajillo (garlic shrimp) with arroz con gandules, carne guisada (beef stew) with white rice and amarillos, pastelon (plantains and ground beef) and arroz con gandures and arugula salad.  For desert it was flan de queso (caramel cream cheese custard).


We enjoyed the ambiance, the music and everyone was very friendly and attentive.  When you are in the restaurant you forget that you are actually in Los Angeles and not in Puerto Rico.  The owner and executive chef of the restaurant is Chef Luis Castro who used to be the chef at Madres, the former Jenefer Lopez restaurant in Pasadena.  Old San Juan Restaurant has live music, lechon a la varita (pork on a stick) on Friday's, a daily buffet of Puerto Rican food on weekdays and an area for private parties.  Call the restaurant for more information.


If you have plans to visit Puerto Rico, go to Old San Juan or Mofongo restaurant and try some of the Puerto Rican cuisine before your trip.


                                                               




 


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