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attari sandwich shop

Yes, I read the La Weekly review about this place and decided to check it out.
Today was my first time at Attari, and I was less than impressed. I ordered three sandwiches: the greens and potato kuku , and the beef kotlet.

All three sandwiches were lacking in flavor-- not horrible, but just whatever. The bread
wasn't great, either. If I ever go there again, I'll definitely stay away from the sandwiches (even though the kuku sandwich was recommended in the LA Weekly review).

Maybe the quality of the food has changed since the last posts?

I came to Attari with great expectations, but was sadly disappointed.

Apr 18, 2008
bolonpinpon in Los Angeles Area

Attari Sandwiches - hidden Persian treasure

Yes, I read the La Weekly review about this place and decided to check it out.
Today was my first time at Attari, and I was less than impressed. I ordered three sandwiches: the greens and potato kuku , and the beef kotlet.

All three sandwiches were lacking in flavor-- not horrible, but just whatever. The bread
wasn't great, either. If I ever go there again, I'll definitely stay away from the sandwiches (even though the kuku sandwich was recommended in the LA Weekly review).

Maybe the quality of the food has changed since the last posts?

I came to Attari with great expectations, but was sadly disappointed.

Apr 18, 2008
bolonpinpon in Los Angeles Area

The ever-so-elusive Ecuadorian food

yes, it is similar, the way it is wrapped and the texture of the masa. i guess the difference is in the stuffing and spices. both are pretty good!

Sep 04, 2007
bolonpinpon in Los Angeles Area

The ever-so-elusive Ecuadorian food

It was near Venice Blvd, in the vicinity of Carbon, Saints & Sinners, in that general area. As soon as I see him again, I'll post the information. This time I won't let him get away so easily!

Sep 04, 2007
bolonpinpon in Los Angeles Area

The ever-so-elusive Ecuadorian food

I am a frustrated Ecuadorian living in Los Angeles. Granted, there are a couple of Ecuadorian restaurants in the general area, but nothing that has satisfied me completely.
El Caserío on Virgil and Beverly has received many great reviews. Overall, it's not bad, and some things are definitely better than others. However, they specialize more in highland dishes, and their attempts at coastal variations have more often than not left me deeply disappointed.

For years I have been craving a restaurant in Los Angeles that specializes in coastal Ecuadorian food, like bollos de pescado, bolones con sal prieta, viche, corviches. encocados de pescado, sangos, encebollados!!

I had almost completely lost hope... until just recently, when I happened upon a man selling Ecuadorian hallacas (also spelled "hayacas") in the West Side. He does this on the street, apparently at night when people are hanging out at bars. I don't even know if what he does is legal, but the hallacas are delicious and very authentic, and I wished I could have bought a whole bucket of them! By the way, hallacas are made out of cornmeal and wrapped in banana leaves; the Ecuadorian variation of this dish is stuffed with chicken, a touch of peanut sauce, raisins, olives, and other delicious things. Savory and a little sweet, too.

I don't think anyone living in L.A. will have another opportunity like this. If you see him, take the plunge and eat some hallacas. If I find him again, I will try to get his information and see where he usually hangs out.

Sep 04, 2007
bolonpinpon in Los Angeles Area

Best lobster ceviche in the whole land (Ecuador)

If I must make just one food recommendation in my life, this is it.
For those traveling along the coast of Ecuador, especially the surfers on their way to Montañita, make time to stop by the little beach town of Ayangue. In addition to having a nice little beach, there is one woman there by the name of María who owns a little shack on the sand. Since I was a kid, I've been eating her lobster ceviches with abandon. Last time I went (2 years ago), the ceviche was getting a bit pricey relative to what food normally costs in the country: $5, but totally worth it. It's a HUGE bowl of scrumptuous lobster ceviche that will make you salivate every time that you think of it... for the rest of your life.

Ayangue is super-easy to get to, by bus or private transportation, right along the road to known as the Ruta del Sol, and VERY close to Montañita and Ballenita, which are more popular tourist spots. You must check it out if taveling in coastal Ecuador.

Sep 04, 2007
bolonpinpon in Latin America & Caribbean