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La Cocina de Dona Luz - April 22, 2008
1 out of 3 people found this review helpful. For 15 solid years, the unstoppable Dona Luz Barreto and her family have been offering generous servings of Peruvian staples to Canadians and Latinos alike at their St. Clair West location. "Dona Luz," says her son Luis, who does the lion's share of cooking at the restaurant, "never wants to retire. She prefers to cook!" He tells me she's got more energy than he does and often flies back to Peru to see what's new and exciting in their home country's culinary repertoire. Back in Toronto, Luis whips up some wonderfully aromatic fare, including his terrific take on the Peruvian coastal favourite, the Parihuela or seafood soup. One serving is quite ample for most, so bring your appetites because you get a deep soup bowl full of golden red broth flavoured with seafood, onions, tomato and fresh herbs. Rich and robust, Luis piles calamari rings, clams, shrimp and lots of mussels into the dish; this really is a soup that eats like a proverbial meal! For those that like a little heat in their broth, you can ask for the aji or hot sauce. Just remember, a little dab will do you -- even heat seekers usually find this chili sauce flame-inducing. If you need to quench the fire, ask for one of signature house cocktails, the Pisco Sour. There's some debate as to who can lay claim to this famed drink -- the Peruvians say it's theirs as do the Chileans. Geopolitical drink debates aside, La Cocina de Dona Luz makes a lip-smacking version with pisco (a type of grape brandy), lemon juice, sugar and crushed ice. Think upscale slushy with a citrus twist and you've got a refreshing, not-to-sweet national cocktail that's patio perfect with or without the beach! La Cocina de Dona Luz 807 St Clair W. 416-652-7430 www.donaluz.ca Looking for authentic global flavours on your TV? Catch "Street Eats" every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on SUN TV.
I recommend this place.
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La Cocina de Dona Luz - April 22, 2008
0 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Hola amigos.

to be the most authentic Peruvian restaurant in Toronto,

I recommend this place.
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