Hollywood Peruvian Restaurant Expands to Former Girasol Space in Studio City
LA’s longstanding Peruvian specialist is expanding to Studio City. The Hollywood-based Los Balcones began reworking the former Girasol space, and filed a California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control license in late October, just days before Girasol’s closure. The owners also made note of the new location on the Los Balcones website, but the opening date is not yet known.
Los Balcones Studio City Blends Modern Peruvian With Girasol Favorites
When Hollywood’s Los Balcones took over Girasol in the fall, the team didn’t change much to the former Studio City space. Elements of Girasol’s interior remain, but the menu is a complete creative overhaul that blends Peruvian, Spanish, and Girasol favorites into modern dishes by veteran Girasol chef Polit Castillo, and chef Ricardo Zarate of Rosaliné.
First Look: Inside the New Los Balcones in Studio City
The place to taste new-wave Peruvian food is Los Balcones, which has just opened in Studio City. The menu is loaded with striking, creative and colorful dishes thanks to consulting chef Ricardo Zarate, who has promoted high-level Peruvian cuisine in Los Angeles since 2009, when he opened Mo-chica in the Mercado La Paloma.
— Barbara Hansen
Los Balcones is now serving Peruvian food out of the former Girasol space in Studio City
Peruvian restaurant Los Balcones is opening a second location today, taking over the former Studio City site of Girasol. Polit Castillo, a veteran of that recently shuttered restaurant, is offering a different menu than at the Hollywood address, with dishes like short ribs slow-cooked six hours in beer; duck with huancaina feta sauce; and locro pappardelle with roasted pumpkin ragu.
— Hadley Tomicki
Los Balcones brings Peruvian cuisine with a mix of Spanish flavors to Studio City
Los Balcones opens an upscale modern Peruvian restaurant in Studio City that specializes in mestizo cuisine and cocktails. (Courtesy of Los Balcones)
— Sandra Barrera
Los Balcones in Studio City is the second location of the long-standing Peruvian restaurant of the same name in Hollywood, but it’s hardly a carbon copy of the original. The new Los Balcones specializes in mestizo cuisine, which means the menu has both Peruvian and Spanish influence and has completely different dishes than the original location. All of the ceviches and meat dishes are fantastic, but it’s the locro pappardelle we’re still thinking about - pumpkin ragu topped with goat cheese and pepitas with hummus smeared on the side of the bowl. Just let that sink in. The space is objectively upscale as well, making it an excellent Valley date spot.
— Brant Cox
Studio City Just Became One of L.A.’s Great Dining Neighborhoods
Yes, we feel the energy in downtown L.A.’s Arts District, where the dining scene is always ready for more. We’re enamored with the restaurant rows in Highland Park, Silver Lake, and Fairfax. We understand that West Hollywood is in the middle of a delicious makeover. Despite all this, we have the feeling that 2019 could be the year that Studio City establishes itself as a dining neighborhood that can compete with any other in Los Angeles.
— Andy Wang
Los Balcones, a gem in studio city
Studio City is becoming the epicenter for cutting edge restaurants in the San Fernando Valley. It appears that the majority of valley restaurant news is about restaurants opening in Studio City. Los Balcones is one of them. It isn’t new, but what is exciting about it is the recent collaboration between chefs Jorge Rodriguez and Ricardo Zarate.
Los Balcones Expands on Peruvian Vision in Studio City
Los Balcones, a family-run Peruvian restaurant in Hollywood, recently opened another outpost in Studio City—with a far more ambitious menu. Owner Jorge Rodriguez has enlisted nationally renowned Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate, a 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef, for the space Girasol formerly occupied. Chef Ricardo has also created the the fare at Rosaliné in West Hollywood and Once in Las Vegas.
— Joshua Lurie
Studio City’s Los Balcones is Boldly Creative, Wildly Exciting, & Tantalizingly Unusual
Los Balcones in Studio City is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of restaurant except that you will return again and again over the course of your life. Immediately after finishing our dinner for two I made a reservation for four for the following week. This Los Balcones is the offspring of Hollywood mainstay Los Balcones, which is known for traditional Peruvian food. There’s nothing traditional about this outpost. The dishes are boldly creative, wildly exciting, and tantalizingly unusual. These dishes cannot be found at the Hollywood location, and they aren’t just hard to find at other Peruvian spots in Los Angeles, they’re positively impossible to find elsewhere.
A Star Is Born, Los Balcones
Los Angeles is home to a variety of cuisines. However, when it comes to Peruvian food, each dish is a work of art. To fully embody its authenticity, every bite must be made with finely crafted detail. Brothers Jorge, Eduardo, and Walter Rodriguez (who grew up just south of Lima) began their culinary journey roughly 20 years ago, which eventually led to Los Balcones making its mark in Hollywood.
At Los Balcones in Studio City, modern mestizo Peruvian cooking is a party
The dining room at Los Balcones, a new Peruvian restaurant in Studio City, is a welter of cheerful, cathartic noise — salsa and cumbia rumble over the speakers, the throng of bearded dudes in the next booth gleefully toasts every fresh round of pisco sours, and you’ve got the sense you’ve stumbled into the best party north of the Hollywood Hills.
— Patricia Escárcega