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El Fogon Peruvian Restaurant

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Location: 543 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto, ON
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(416) 850-8041
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Website: http://www.elfogon.ca/
Cuisine: Latin American  Peruvian  

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reviewed by james,   visited on 2008-03-14 ,  overall
Cost Per Person $25  
very meaty! Appetizers we had Anticuchos (beef heart) . the waiter(look like the owner to me) recommended it. it took a while for the app come out, apparently it takes time. had we known we would order something else.
the other two dishes are Arroz con Mariscos (seafood that marked as peruvian classic) and Chuleta Encebollada (pork chop)

small menu, lots meat, the food are not not bad. meat are cooked tender. i probably won't be back anytime soon as there isn't much to order and it is lots meat dishes.

oh, the corn drink is worth trying.


reviewed by lspirit,   visited on 2006-11-12 ,  overall
I have to say I had a great experience here.

The chicken soup with chilantro was great & the grilled chicken & rice was very very tasty.

The staff was also very friendly.

My son loved it too.

note: This place wasn't opening most of the time (in late december, 2006 and january, 2007) then it suddently opened in feb. i would say call before you visit.

reviewed by Chester,   visited on 2006-08-24 ,  overall
I swung by El Fogon recently...worth checking out for sure. The aforementioned beef hearts are damn good (and I don't usually like hearts all that much), and the "World Famous creamy cheese and yellow hot pepper sauce over potatoes on a bed of lettuce" very nice as well. That chili coriander hot sauce is just great, and seriously goes well with everything there (dip some of their yuccas in there for kicks). The Bistek (steak) was not bad... the beans that came with it were a good match. I think I'd just try more apps next time - ceviche, calamari, avocado shrimp salad - they were that good.

This place is directly across from Albert's, and actually the best part was when Albert himself came across to have his usual Heineken, and the small group of us had a lengthy animated conversation about the love of food, Jamaica (and stories of hilarious visitors he brings there), oxtails (gave us quite the tip), and the travails of running a small business. We brought up the need for a Caribbean joint up in York Region while he mused about opening a strict jerk pork and chicken place over in Hong Kong. Good times...

reviewed by lactard,   visited on 2005-09-20 ,  overall
It's not the prettiest of eateries, but who cares? The Peruvian fare here is hearty and very very tasty. While you wait for your meal, you're given a basket of bread with green chili dipping sauce. Potent stuff.

Papas a la huancaina (cold boiled potatoes and creamy cheese sauce -- trust me, tastes better than it sounds) and perfectly grilled anticuchos (pieces of beef heart, skewered) are great apps to share. I've been meaning to go back and try the grilled calamari.

As for mains, the meat and fish options are a-plenty. (Lomo Saltado! mmmmm) The alfajor is nice. Thin layers of shortbread sandwiching sticky sweet dulce de leche. I wish could tell you more, but I haven't been in months. Man, these rice crackers are letting me down. I think I might head up to El Fogon this weekend ^_^


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