Peruvian Los Balcones Reopens with New Menu and Look

By Lesley Balla  |  February 26, 2014

Open since 2005, Hollywood hideaway Los Balcones Del Peru was one of the few restaurants in town serving traditional Peruvian ceviches and tiraditos for a long time. But over the last few years, Peruvian cuisine has been trending, especially under the influence of chef Ricardo Zarate, who opened three restaurants (Mo-Chica, Picca and Paiche). Maybe because the cuisine is almost 10 years old in this town, or perhaps because people actually know what aji amarillo is now, the restaurant recently wrapped up a reboot as Los Balcones. Owners Jorge, Eduardo and Walter Rodriguez dropped the 'Del Peru.' Kris Keith and Spacecraft Design oversaw the spot's new look and Marcos Tello created a fresh cocktail menu. And the restaurant officially reopens today.

The room is now more open with a new patio, the colors are rich and earthy and natural woods abound. The menu features various small plates, including ceviches, Peruvian sashimi, tacu-tacu with crispy bean and rice pancakes and grilled meats. Larger sharable plates include lomito al jugo, or beef tenderloin with rocoto sauce; pork spare ribs with stewed Peruvian potatoes and huacatay chimichurri; and shredded chicken with aji amarillo, pecan, parmesan and hard-boiled egg. Now that the restaurant has a full liquor license, Tello created a slew of pisco cocktails, including a "build your own" option, plus things with unique ingredients like cacao, tamarind and yacon - sort of a sweet-tasting root vegetable. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner daily, except Saturday when it's dinner only.

1360 Vine St.; 323-871-9600