Best…Mexican Restaurant…ever. (Okay, I’ll admit…maybe that’s just me).
La Serenata is my favorite Mexican Restaurant in
Los Angeles, America the world, period. (Okay, maybe that’s a little strong since my love for Houston’s Hugo’s is equally as powerful.)
The first time I went in there, I expected the usual El Torito experience. Oh, how wrong I was. With the exception of the chips you’re served with a sprinkling of shreeded cheese, there is nothing about this place that is Tex-Mex. This is a slice of the real Mexico, with barely any nacho cheese in sight.
You can get things like Quesadillas, Enchilladas or Soft Tacos if you afraid of wandering in too deep, but don’t be afraid. Wander. Try something new. Then come back and again and try something else.
La Serenata also has called itself the “House of Sauces”, and they ain’t lying. This is the ollection of sauces they offer, made in-house at their two locations:
- Molcajete (Picoso)
- Mojo al Ajo (Garlic)
- Fresh Spinach
- Green Tomatillo (Picosito)
- Veracruzana (Tangy Spicy)
- Mole Poblano
- Chipotle (Picosito)
- Golla (Tomato base cream sauce)
You can get any one of these sauces with the catch of the day. So fresh Seafood (which I can’t have, but trust me) and these wonderful sauces. Can’t miss proposition.
La Serenata even taps into the real Mexico’s desserts, look at this list from their website:
- Mexican Tres Leches (3 Milks Cake)
- Coconut Tres Leches
- Mexican Key Lime Brulee
- Guava Cheesecake
- Mamey Cheesecake (tropical fruit imported from Mexico)
- The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake
- N.Y. Style Cheesecake
- Flourless Chocolate Torte
- White Chocolate Banana Mousse Torte
- Three Layers Chocolate Mousse
- Vairhona Milk Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
- Fresh Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Bread Pudding
- Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding
- Fresh Strawberry Shortcake
- Tart-Tatin (Apple)
- Upside Down Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Cake
- Individual Desserts
- Mexican Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
- Vairhona Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle w/ tequila sauce
- Buttermilk Panna Cotta with macerated strawberries and port wine reduction
- Carrot Cake topped with cheese custard torched Crème Brûlée style over a pear cranberry compote and sorbet
- Apple Tart with almond paste topped with Cinnamon gelato
- Mexican Guavas in Light Cream
- Flan in Traditional (vanilla), Mocha, Coconut, or Cojeta (goat milk caramel)
I’m getting hungry now just typing this. This is a great spot, one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, period. Perfect for before or after a show at the Landmark. So go. Go now!
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: What did you miss the list of desserts?
Right. Right, that’s after.
Anyway, the dish I love, the dish I can’t resist every time I’m in there is the Pollo Yucatan Tropical. It’s described as:
Grilled chicken breast in a spicy tangy sauce, grilled pineapple, sauteed tomatoes, onions, garlic, crushed chilies, herb spices, chipotle sweet potato mash and sauteed veggies.
For dessert, I’m partial to the Apple Tart-Tatin, that or Flan, sweet wonderful Flan.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too serious, but the way I feel about La Serenata is how a lot of people feel about La Serenata, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself crowded out on Friday or Saturday nights. I’d say prepare to go into the Westside Tavern, Jaipur next door or Gyu-Kaku across the street, but if one’s crowded, they’ll all be crowded.
PARKING: The best place to park is in the Westside Pavilion a block away. You can try parking on the Landmark side of the Mall, but on a Friday or Saturday, you’re really just asking for it. In any case, Parking’s free so long as you’re willing to walk a block or two.
10924 West Pico Boulevard