Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pollo A La Brasa, Koreatown - The Gateway to Chicken Heaven

Pollo A La Brasa Koreatown

IF I WAS A CHICKEN, this is how i would go out.

First, I'll take the LA bus to Koreatown (because i'm too small to operate a vehicle) and walk to Pollo A La Brasa on Western/8th. I'd walk straight into the kitchen and proceed to be stripped nude of my feathers, like i LIKE it. The cook would then toss me on the cutting board and give me a ride on the guillotine.

Secondly, I would be tossed into a big jacuzzi of delicious Peruvian-style spices like and rolled around, flipped around, massaged (feels good) like I'm on a beach in Cancun. I would say hello to all my other friends lying right next to me.


Then, I will have a stiff metal rod impaled through my body from what was once my starhole, through what was once my head and placed in a chamber filled with eucalyptus logs – rotating in an infinite prom-slow dance at at a nice toasty 700 degrees. Oh joy.

After that, i will be cut into 6 pieces and placed over the patron's choice of skin-on fries or vegetable rice. For $.50, they can get me in a very hot & bothered mood with the SUPER SPICY aji sauce made of lettuce, cilantro, garlic, mayo and serrano chilis. If they want a 1/4 of me, they will pay $5. If they want all of me, they will pay $9.75 for me. I whore myself to Angelenos at any cost.

If you dare drive with me, beware of the car in front of you. My body odor will drive you crazy. You'll be licking your fingers once you're through with me and crave me some more. I am pure seduction.

Living for a rightful cause, has never been so DELICIOUS. Will you seal my fate?

Pollo A La Brasa Koreatown Logs

The stack of Eucalyptus wood.

Pollo A La Brasa Koreatown

The interior of Pollo A La Brasa, which is designed with a nice
hole-in-the-wall decor. I didn't get to see much of it.

Pollo A La Brasa Rotisserie Oven

Wee! I'm the 4th one to the left on the 2nd rod.
I think.

Pollo A La Brasa Chicken

Resting in peace, juiciness and flavor.

Pollo A La Brasa Chicken

Pollo A La Brasa Chicken


Pollo A La Brasa Grilled Beef Hearts

I saw these guys on the way in. Apparently, they are beef hearts – 4 pieces per skewered, and they are huge. I recommend getting these cooked medium rare and eat them fast b/c they will dry up quickly. Served with one large grilled potato and a corn cob - add salt.

Pollo A La Brasa Aji Sauce

Aji sauce.

Pollo A La Brasa
764 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Pollo A La Brasa
16527 S Vermont Ave
Gardena, CA 90247

***There is also a place called Pollo La Brasa on Vine, up the street from Mario's Seafood & Peruvian. Not the same affiliation. Anyone try that place?

I've just added PALB to my list of very important numbers. And to my list of my favorite chicken joints – Pollo Campero and Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken.

Read about J's meal here.


KirkK said...

Hey EDBM - Pollo A la Brasa is a really big deal in Lima - there's one on every corner. We managed to check out Pardo's, probably the most popular chain. They had a wonderful Aji Aioli that was awesome with the papas fritas.

Oishii Eats said...

Your body odor is so hot. MMMM!

monkey_see said...

Looks good!

Is cooking with real logs legal in Los Angeles?

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Oh man! *Wipes drool.* I've been meaning to try this place forever! Looks like it moved to the top of my "to-eat" list. Can't beat aji sauce!

Yuzu said...

You are a funny, funny dude. This post made me think of the old SNL sketch for Cluckin' Chicken.

e d b m said...

This stuff is so good. I can eat this every week. I actually had it for lunch yesterday. How much were whole chickens in Peru? And do you have a good recipe for Aji sauce.


Monkey See,
apparently so. follow the smoke signals.

WC, I haven't heard/read a bad review on PALB in LA, nor do i Know if it's the best. But it's tasty! $5 for 1/2 a chicken... i'm there.

Yuzu, haha.

Love_at_first_bite said...

Hey EDBM - I've been a lurker on your site for quite a while (although i did post about a year ago in regards to your NRM post, God i love noodles!). Anyway, as a long time fan, your site motivated me to start my own blog about eating in the Berkeley area of CA. As a noobie i'm not sure about the rules of linking so i thought id ask if i could put a link on my site to yours to further share your lewd food porn. Lemme know, i look forward to your next post. In the meantime i'll have to go find some chicken...

Bon Vivant said...

I just love how the scent of Pollo a la Brasa envelopes the entire block and your car. The seductive scent lingers in your hair and hands and then you get hungry all over again.

My second favorite thing after the chicken is to dunk the papas fritas in the leftover juice and then the aji sauce - pure heaven!

Chubbypanda said...

What if you were one of those Foster Farm wannabe chickens from the commercials? Those guys are huge! They drive cars!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I love Mexican Pollo...the best one I had was in the Yucatan Peninsula, sort of like your shop...but the best chicken ever, smoky, tender, juicy...must be those woods?

KirkK said...

Hey EDBM - A half Chicken and sides were s/16.....a tad over $5 US. As for the aji, I'm assuming you want aji verde. Aji roja is mostly just aji amarillo, water, and maybe salt/vinegar/oil. for the aji verde, you can use jalapenos to replace the traditional aji verde(Capsicum baccatum). When I spoke to the owner of our local Peruvian Restaurant, I was told that a combination of cilantro, cheese(you can use cotija), walnuts, was used. I'll see if I can find a recipe.

Darrell said...
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Darrell said...

Vine St Pollo a la Brasa. It appears to be the same franchise, but without the clientele. It just recently was renamed to El Dorado Peruvian Seafood Restaurant so I was curious to check it out. I came in at 5:30pm and no one in the place. I ordered 1/2 chicken and it has the same green chili sauce and was good. The chicken was dry, but that is probably because they just don't get the turnover like the famed Koreatown joint which I've eaten there as well. It would probably be just as good if the chicken was freshly roasted. They have the same wood fired setup too..

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