2064 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.109486 -118.287424
Neighborhoods: Los Feliz, Central LA
Old Favorite Fading Fast – What once was my favorite and an old standby for a guaranteed good meal has been going down hill in the last year. While I can deal with and understand why portions are getting smaller, the quality is also going down. My favorite dish the spicy shrimp linguine was a real let down last night. The shrimp were either over cooked or cooked when frozen which made them watery, rubbery and inedible. To top it off the linguine had almost no sauce. It was bland and was completely different from many years of eating this dish. They should drop the description of "spicy" if this is a new sauce. My husband ordered the chicken parmesan which was billed as one of the nightly "specials." The chicken parmesan was good, and also a smaller portion, however we were shocked when the bill came and this chicken special was $23. Really? $23 for chicken? On special? Looks like we are unfortuneately taking a break from Puran because its a trend we've been noticing and the last visit may have been the tipping point.
IT ROCKED! – I stumbled upon Puran's on accident one night. I was in Los Feliz with a friend to pick-up some music from another friend and there was a ton of traffic and we were starving so we pulled over at the first place we saw which was Puran's. I was blown away how good the food was!
It was a really cold day, and the server suggested this pomegrante & lentil soup that was a special and it rocked! I also ordered the organic herb dover sole upon her suggestion that was grilled w/ warm cous cous, and I felt like I inhaled it. It tasted so good! My friend got the warm rice salad with black beans and then got the homemade ground filet burger and fries and loved it! We were not going to get dessert, but our server suggested the homemade apple tartin, and we were so glad we listened to her. Warm, tasty and we again inhaled it.
I have not had such a great meal and such great service in a very long time! The vibe was casual and it is a nice room. It was not busy when we walked in about 6:30 pm, but it was pretty packed when we left. They also had some cool ambient background music on that we really liked and would have not expected them to be playing. The server was a girl and I did not get her name, but she really knew the menu (which is huge and has a little bit of everything on it), and definitely steered us in the right direction. She also explained that all of the food is really healthy and that Puran (Chef & Owner) does not use anything from a can and that everything is made fresh daily. Our server was really good and you can tell the food is all really fresh the minute you take a bit.
The had a ok wine list, and prices were really good and they had a really decent beer selection which both of us opted for.
I have been thinking about this meal for over a week, and that is why I decided to post this. I will definitely be back!
Our New Spot – My girlfriend and I ate at Puran's this past weekend and we're making it our new spot. I had the homemade mini-burger. It was very fresh and, according to our waiter, made to order. The burger was delicious. Then I tried my girlfriend's fish. And that was simply the best I ever had.
Oddly, though, they had this wonderful bread sauce that we tried to get to-go. They refused, saying it was for the restaurant only. Other than that, though....
An open kitchen. A friendly staff. And on the way out, we spoke to Puran, who was very detailed and caring about her food. We'll be back soon.
I Saw An Insect On A Table Next To Us! – We came for a lunch, mid-week with some friends. I'd only been here once before, years earlier. It got nasty just as we were finishing our meal.
I kid you not, there was a cockroaach crawling on the table next to ours. We brought it to the attention of the manager, he gave us half off our meal. A free meal comp would have been nice, but at that point we just wanted to get out.
Is there anything worse than that?
Did I Luck Out? – I have read some negative reviews of this retaurant here on citysearch and was a little surprised. My girlfriend and I just tried this place last Sunday evening, after having lived in the area for over 2 years. I didn't know what region the food was from, but it seemed Italian/mediterranean. We both enjoyed the food quite a bit. My girlfriend's dish was a seafood pasta. I tasted the mussels, and enjoyed them. I am not much of a "seafood pasta" kind of guy though. I got the fried trout special, on a bed of couscous and spinach. I thought it was outstanding really. Totally bone free, firm (but able to break it apart with my fork) and with a mildly tart flavor courtesy of capers and a kind of mustard-wine sauce. It was the best kind of "full" feeling, not the kind you get from eating heavy meats, breads or cheeses. The waitress suggested some good white wine. I thought the waitress here was quite nice. She checked on us, and got us what we needed without being intrusive. She certainly wasn't rude. By the end of the meal, my girlfriend and I were feeling so buzzy and indulgent, we got desserts, and those were good too. Most of my other reviews (many of the negative ones especially) have been based upon multiple visits. Hopefully, if I return to Puran's the quality will remain high. I was just surprised to have had such a good experience and then see negative feedback from other diners. This is definately not a cheap eats place. Our bill was right around $100. So I won't make it a weekly occasion. But if someone's in town, it seems like a good place to take them. Los Feliz can attract a lot of uppity scenesters, so maybe it helps that I went on a Sunday early evening. Who knows?
Pricey, loud, rude manager – I was the 3rd arrive-ee of a party of 11 for a friend's Saturday Birthday Brunch. We sat outside on the patio awaiting the rest of the guests when the owner/manager rudely ushered us inside "your table is inside! if you sit at this patio table I will loose customers!" - uh.. the place was totally empty. We moved inside and continued the brunch. The place filled and we ate. Food was average all around. It became so noisy inside we were all yelling across the table to talk. II wasn't that hungry so I ordered PLAIN angel hair pasta. They charged me $12.95!!! For plain pasta... Anyway, there are lots more annoyances but the rude owner and the $13 plain pasta tops the list. Avoid!!
Nice light food... – A perfect place if you're looking for light and healthy dishes.
We had the salmon stuffed with olives and the ahi and both were excellent. Great service as well.
A Great Dine! – This is a wonderful place to eat. The food is really good and Puran?s uses fresh, organic (if available) ingredients. I have eaten there over 10 times and have never been unhappy. The chicken noodle soup is out of this world. Also, the bread dip is indescribable.
Fresh and healthy but tastey – Elegant but relaxed. Service is always outstanding. Menu is varied and everything I have ever had there is great. They could jazz up the specials - they seem to have the same ones over and over again. Love the gorgonzola mashed potatoes. Food is always fresh and perfectly prepared. Again, the service is amazing!
Organic, worldly menu pleases locals at this romantic sidewalk cafe. – In Short
Puran's is relatively unknown, and its loyal customers want to keep it hush-hush to sustain the easygoing elegance. Tables spill out onto the sidewalk, lending the candlelit space an airy, Parisian feel. The menu sweeps the globe, melding flavors from Greece, Italy, Mexico and beyond. The Firecracker appetizer's pepper-cream sauce ignites shrimp served with baguette slices. Seasoning is manipulated in peppercorn steak and herb-grilled chicken entrees. Desserts include tiramisu and berry tarts.
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