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Lala’s Grill

Lala's_79In a sense, Lala’s origins trace to 1988 when future owners Horacio Weschler Ferrari and Mario Balul moved to the United States. Both came to California with a commitment to their Argentinian culture, a profound appreciation for the United States, and a resolute desire to create something that fused the best of both worlds.

 

Horacio, who has an extensive restaurant background, met Mario, a trained architect, in 1990, and they quickly became close friends with many shared ambitions and interests. By 1995, they jointly conceptualized their future restaurant and set about the task of finding the right location and space to realize their vision. This vision combined their nostalgic memories of Argentinian dining savored in an unhurried and uniquely social fashion with the kind of reasonable prices and appealing setting that would encourage repeat business. In April of 1996, Lala’s opened its doors to an appreciative public.

 

Lala's_131-2Mario and Horacio are dedicated to a “hands-on” approach to restaurant management. The owners can be found at Lala’s every day insuring consistent attention to details and the utmost quality in their cuisine and customer service. Such steadfast attention reflects the passion with which Mario and Horacio regard their restaurant. True to their Argentinian roots, excellent dining for these two is inextricably linked with socializing, pleasure, and with life itself.

 

Lala’s most distinctive offering, of course, is its food. The menu is imaginatively balanced with traditional Argentinian favorites and a nod to the best of California cuisine. Perhaps most important to the discriminating connoisseur of Argentinian food is the high quality selection of meats offered at Lala’s. This is a point of great pride to the owners who insist on only the highest grade of meat available. Fortunately for Lala’s customers, however, this insistence on high caliber ingredients does not translate into high costing entrees! This uncommon combination of quality and affordability has made all of the difference at Lala’s, and the owners are smart enough to know that this in great part accounts for their regularly returning customers.

 

Lala's_119Lala’s attractive setting (compliments of Mario’s aesthetic sensibilities!) with it’s comfortable and varied seating options, ample patio space, and richly colored interior provide Lalas’ diners with a casual, friendly and appealing backdrop. The space merges the warmth and conviviality of the Latin American dining experience with the conveniences so prized in contemporary modern life provided parking, and proximity to shops and pedestrian areas. Furthermore, the successful presence of Lala’s is so great that it has resulted in a kind of gravitational pull and has tipped the balance of Melrose’s visitors to this area of the famous street.

 

Lala's_47The unstoppable success of Lala’s on Melrose has resulted in the opening of a second location in Studio City. Here too one can find the reliable and friendly service, charming atmosphere, and delectable food that have firmly established Lala’s reputation. No doubt this second Lala’s will soon, like its predecessor, transform its location into a destination.

 

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DIRECTIONS

Lala's Los Angeles

7229 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Tel (323) 934 6838
Fax (323) 934 6836

 

Sunday / Thursday 11AM till 11PM
Friday and Saturday 11AM till 12AM

Lala's Studio City

11935 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Tel (818) 623 4477
Fax (818) 623 9170

 

Sunday / Thursday 11AM till 10PM
Friday and Saturday 11AM till 11PM

Menu

sopa de vegetalespureed carrot & potato soup4.50
chorizogrilled Argentine sausage3.50
empanadaschoice of: beef, chicken, spinach, caprese, ham & cheese, or cheese & onion2.95
empanadas combofour cocktail size assorted empanadas7.95
tortilla de papaArgentine potato & onion quiche3.25
tortilla de zapallitosArgentine zucchini & onion quiche3.50
morcillatwo grilled traditional blood sausages5.00
vegetales a la parrillagrilled zucchini, eggplant, mushroom, onion, red & green bell peppers4.95
provoletamelted provolone cheese topped with salsa & oregano6.95
sarten de champignonsskillet of sautéed mushrooms in white wine, parsley & garlic6.95
mollejasgrilled, thinly cut choice beef sweetbreads7.95
calamar fritolightly breaded, crispy calamari rings10.95
combo appetizerchoice of three empanadas & one tortilla de papa & one chorizo13.95
mixtalettuce, tomato & onion, tossed with our house dressing4.95
el cesarfresh romaine & iceberg lettuce, parmesan cheese & croutons, tossed in classic Caesar dressinghalf 5.95 whole 7.95
rugolaarugula, lettuce, spinach, tomato & parmesan cheese, tossed with house dressinghalf 5.95 whole 7.95
griegalettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olive, red & green bell peppers & feta cheese, tossed with house dressing8.95
melrosechopped grilled chicken with lettuce, tomato, onion, feta cheese & warm rice tossed in spicy honey mustard dressinghalf 8.95 whole 9.95
venturachopped grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, spinach, warm rice & low fat mozzarella cheese, tossed with low fat vinaigrette8.95
tangosliced grilled chicken breast brushed with a home-made dijon sauce, on a bed of spinach, mushroom & tomato, tossed with our house dressing10.95
con salmongrilled, fresh filet of salmon brushed with home-made dijon sauce, on a bed of baby mixed greens, tomato & onion, tossed with balsamic vinaigrette14.95
con mahi mahigrilled, wild caught, mahi mahi brushed with olive oil & garlic, on a bed of baby 
mixed greens, tomato & onion, tossed with balsamic vinaigrette17.95
con entrañagrilled, thinly cut Certified Angus Beef skirt steak on a bed of spinach, mushrooms & tomato, tossed with house vinaigrette18.95
served with choice of french fries, rice, mashed potatoes, or salad add cheese 2.00
chorizotwo grilled Argentine sausages with lettuce, tomato & Argentine sauce8.95
pollogrilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato & Argentine sauce9.95
picantegrilled spicy chicken breast with lettuce, tomato & Argentine sauce10.95
hamburguesagrilled Certified Angus Beef hamburger with lettuce, tomato & Argentine sauce10.95
milanesathinly cut steak, breaded & lightly fried with lettuce, tomato & mayo11.95
supremaboneless chicken breast, breaded & lightly fried with lettuce, tomato & mayo11.95
lomitogrilled thinly cut Certified Angus Beef skirt steak with lettuce, tomato & Argentine sauce12.95
hamburguesa de salmongrilled home made salmon burger with tomato chimichurri and tartar sauce12.95
add chicken, sausage, or bolognese 2.50 add salmon 5.00
cabello de angelangel hair pasta, tossed with olive oil, fresh tomato, basil & garlic8.95
penne salsa blancapenne pasta sautéed in a light cream sauce8.95
canelonesrolled pasta filled with ricotta cheese & spinach in a creamy tomato sauce9.95
ñoquipotato dumplings pasta in a creamy tomato sauce10.95
ravioles de vegetalesravioli stuffed with mixed grilled vegetables in a creamy tomato sauce11.95
penne con calamarpenne pasta sautéed with calamari & zucchini in a light creamy tomato sauce12.95
ravioles de langostaravioli, stuffed with lobster meat & spices in a light cream sauce13.95
served with choice of french fries, rice, mashed potatoes, or salad
sandwich de vegetalesgrilled eggplant & zucchini with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese & Argentine sauce7.95
veggies al platogrilled zucchini, eggplant, mushroom, onion, red & green bell peppers, served with rice, mashed potatoes & salad8.95
brochette de vegetalestwo skewers of grilled zucchini, eggplant, mushroom, onion, bell peppers9.95
all seafood is grilled and served with rice
salmonfresh filet of salmon14.95
salmon dijonfresh filet of salmon brushed with homemade dijon white wine sauce15.95
salmon pampasfresh filet of salmon topped with grilled tomatoes. olive oil and garlic17.95
mahi mahibrushed with olive oil & garlic17.95
mahi mahi popeyebrushed with olive oil & garlic, topped with sautéed spinach19.95
all chicken is grilled & boneless unless noted; skinless by request. served with choice of french fries, rice, mashed potatoes, or salad
1/2 pollo a la brasalemon-orange marinated half chicken on the bone9.95
1/2 pollo picantehalf chicken on the bone brushed with homemade picante sauce10.95
pechuga de pollolemon-orange marinated chicken breast9.95
picantechicken breast brushed with homemade picante sauce10.95
a la provenzalchicken breast topped with sautéed garlic and parsley10.95
pechuga dijonchicken breast brushed with homemade dijon-white wine sauce10.95
al champignonchicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms in a light, red wine cream sauce11.95
pechuga napolitanachicken breast topped with basil tomato sauce and melted cheese12.95
a la cebolladouble chicken breast topped with grilled onions & garlic16.95
all steaks are grilled. served with choice of french fries, rice, mashed potatoes, or salad. Lala’s steaks are aged a minimum of 25 days
entrañaCertified Angus Beef skirt steak18.95
entraña al ajoCertified Angus Beef skirt steak topped with sautéed garlic & parsley19.95
bife encebolladoCertified Angus Beef skirt steak topped with grilled onions, garlic & parsley21.95
bife de chorizoChoice New York steakhalf 16.95 whole 20.95
filet planoCertified Angus Beef flat iron steakhalf 16.95 whole 20.95
costillaChoice ribeye steak18.95
lomoChoice center cut filet mignon26.95
tabla de carnes(for 2-3 people) Certified Angus Beef skirt steak, New York steak & center cut filet mignon, served with two sides24oz 54.95 29oz 57.95
arroz del camposautéed green & red bell peppers, garlic, onions & mushrooms tossed with yellow rice in a creamy tomato sauce, topped with feta cheese 9.95 add chicken or sausage 2.50 add salmon 5.00
milanesathinly cut steak, breaded & lightly fried served with french fries12.95
supremaboneless chicken breast, breaded & lightly fried served with french fries12.95
milanesa napolitanathinly cut steak, breaded & lightly fried, topped with basil tomato sauce & melted cheese, served with mashed potatoes15.95
suprema napolitanaboneless chicken breast breaded & lightly fried, topped with basil tomato sauce & melted cheese, served with mashed potatoes15.95
entraña al champignongrilled Certified Angus Beef skirt steak topped with sautéed mushrooms in a light red wine cream sauce, served with mashed potatoes20.95
lomo Lala’sgrilled Choice center cut filet mignon topped with sautéed mushrooms in a light red wine cream sauce, served with mashed potatoes28.95
plato mixto(for two people) two grilled Italian sausages, sweetbread, New York steak, skirt steak & a half chicken served with two side orders48.95
french fries2.50
sweet potato fries3.95
side salad2.50
ricesteamed with onions & peppers2.50
grilled onions2.50
salsachopped tomato & onion2.50
mashed potatoes2.95
broccolisautéed with garlic and white wine3.95
LALA’s mashed potatoesmashed potatoes & carrots3.95
champignon mashed potatoesmashed potatoes topped with mushroom sauce3.95
chimichurri to go9 oz 6.95 or 12oz 8.95
suprema nugguetsbreaded & lightly fried chicken breast, diced & served with choice of french fries or mashed potatoes7.95
pechuga stripsgrilled boneless chicken breast, diced & served with choice of french fries or mashed potatoes7.95
entraña stripsthinly cut Certified Angus Beef skirt steak served with french fries9.95
kid’s pastaangel hair or penne pasta with choice of white sauce, butter & cheese, or creamy tomato sauce, topped with parmesan5.95
desserts a la mode 2.00
flan con dulce de lechebaked custard topped with caramel, served chilled4.95
panqueque con dulce de lechewarm caramel crepes4.95
queso y dulceprovolone cheese & quince preserves4.95
cheesecaketraditional New York cheesecake4.95
chocolate mousse cakea light, tasty chocolate mousse cake4.95
panqueque de banana con dulce de lechewarm caramel and diced bananas, caramelized sugar 6.95
cake fee: 1.25 per person

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Lala’s does not require a reservation to be seated. We accept customers on a first come, first serve basis. However, Lala’s is a relatively small restaurant with limited availability for a large group.

 

Therefore, it is our policy to accept reservations for groups of eight or more only.

 

We do not accept reservations for groups under eight people. We look forward to seeing you at Lala’s! We will call you to confirm your reservation information.

 

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