El Rocoto

Saltado de Vegetales

I admit this restaurant is faraway from our beloved Eastside but I have been known to venture out of my neighborhood. I’ve been wanting to try Peruvian food for sometime now and this is one of my Whittier-dwelling brother’s favorite place to chow down. There are a few Peruvian restaurants in Hollywood but when I’ve scanned their menus, almost everything seemed to include meat. (I’ve also had this problem in Cuban restaurants). I was happy then to find El Rocoto in Cerritos has a vegetarian section on their menu, excellent!

Papa a la Hunancaina (half eaten)

We started the meal with a decadent appetizer, Papa a la Hunancaina, basically a boiled potato covered with a cheese sauce. You can’t go wrong with those two ingredients! They also serve a nice crusty bread and two kinds of creamy salsas with your meal. Mmmm, starches!

The pesto spaghetti was recommended by the waitress but that choice would have given me a totally carb meal, so I passed. I instead opted for the Saltado de Vegetales (pic above), a thick, fragrant broth overflowing with snow peas, potatoes, carrots and onions served with a side of rice. I enjoyed the dish but it was far too much to eat in one sitting. I suggest sharing.

I went with non-vegetarians and this is what they ordered:

some kind of beef and french fries dish

I’m not too familiar with Peruvian cuisine but it seems to me much of the restaurant’s menu reflects the cultural influence of Chinese-Peruvians, hence the chicken chow mein dish below.

Chow Mein

If you somehow find yourself in Cerritos (maybe you’re buying a car or something) stop by for lovely meal at El Rocoto. I’m sure it’s better than anything you can find in the mall next door.

El Rocoto
11433 South Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

3 thoughts on “El Rocoto

  1. I like Peruvian food too, my favorite is the pollo saltado it’s the same thing with the fries but with chicken of course. I go to a good spot called “El Pollo Inka” it’s really good, I like the bread and the green sauce thing they give you very yummy…oh yeah the cilantro soup is good as well…thanks for the info on this new spot..

  2. Don Felix is a great spot. I just don’t know what it is about the service at all the Peruvian restaurants. Has anyone noticed that the service sucks? Could it be that we’re willing to put up with it because we know that the food is great? =) There was one in Montclair that was very inexpensive but they closed down. I like their saltado de camarones and also their ceviche (usually mahi mahi).

  3. I’ve never had Peruvian food, but las papas a la Hunancaina dish looks beautiful with that bright yellow against the white sqare plate. There is nothing as delicious as food that tastes like homemade. Can’t wait to visit El Rocoto!

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