a bold colored peruvian chinese restaurant that feels right at home in LA

Chifa is a family restaurant. Not in a traditional sense. In fact, quite the opposite. The bold aqua turquoise palette is accented with a bright red and rich gold finishings. A modern environment for a restaurant that maintains its family heritage and translates it to the cool kid food scene in Eagle Rock. The original Chifa began decades ago in Lima when a woman from Hong Kong emigrated to Peru. A generation later, the restaurant is reincarnated in a form that fits the 2020s: unapologetically and loudly proud of the cultures that come through in every dish.

The menu spans Cantonese and Taiwanese inspired dishes and Peruvian classics, from decadent brûléed char siu to untraditional vegan zongzi to bountiful bowls of lomo saltado waiting to be shared. Chifa is deceivingly complex in its simplicity. The name basically is what every Chinese restaurant is called in Peru. But in its dishes you see the layers of cultural histories intertwining, evolving from generation to generation until it becomes in its own right a part of the culinary history tied to place, identity, wherever it goes.

the details

Address4374 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles
Hours4pm – 9pm Friday – Sunday 
Price$$-$$$ – most dishes are $15-35 and sharable 
Aestheticbold and contemporary 

good to know

Go here for: a fun dinner with friends (seriously come with at least a few people so you can order a good amount of food)

Order this: lomo saltado (lets be real anything with fries is a hit), char siu, chicha morada for a refreshing drink on a hot day, black sesame cheesecake tart for dessert

Amount of time to spend: give yourself at least a couple hours for a leisurely meal and some time to sit in a food coma

When to come: on the early side of a sunny evening so you can sit outside in that LA sun

Parking: is not too bad, you can probably find free street parking on Lincoln Ave if there are no meters on the main roads

Other things to note: 

  • They take reservations via Tock, but plan ahead early, peak times book up quickly.
  • The restaurant is quite small in terms of indoor seating but they opened up their parking lot(?) to have a nice outdoor set up.

Last visited: September 2022

Last updated: February 2023

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