The Taco Truck Crashes Through the Restaurant Wall

When I opened Rivera in 2009, my culinary quest was to reexamine and redefine the five-millennia-deep Latin roots of modern Los Angeles cuisine. We traced those roots across three continents, each of which had a dedicated menu in one of Rivera’s three dining rooms: Sangre (Spain), Samba (Central and South America), and Playa Bar (Mexico).

So much has changed in half a decade. I’ve seen Latin food inundate L.A. like a tsunami. Meanwhile, the city’s pace has grown more frenetic and mobile than ever.

In this exhilarating food climate, we now offer you loncheras, a procession of rolling service carts and hand-carried trays that deliver directly to you an array of small plates that our kitchen brigade has infused with the vital spirit of New Latin Cuisine. 

John Rivera Sedlar

PARA EMPEZAR

MAIZE CAKES (NOT TACOS)

MAIZE CAKE PO’BOY 11 cornmeal-tempura oysters, chile verde remoulade, cielo verde greens

YUCCA CAKE PORK BELLY 12 cacahuate salsa, black kale

CALIENTES

PIQUILLOS RELLENOS 10 spanish peppers, chorizo, golden raisins, gruyere

PERUVIAN-JAPANESE GYOZA 10 red chile pulled pork, lime, roasted pineapple salsa, huacatay

PASTRAMI TACOS 11 bite-sized blue corn shells, hot pastrami, sauerkraut, ballpark mustard

FLAN DE ELOTE 11 corn custard, black quinoa, squash blossom sauce

TORTILLAS FLORALES 8 house-made nixtamal tortillas, Indian butter

PLATOS GRANDES


VIERAS CUBANAS 29 sea scallops, plantains, sofrito, mojito vinagreta

POLLO SALSA VERDE 28 chicken breast, tomatillos, chiles serranos, lime, cilantro

YUCATECAN PUERCO PIBIL 29 pork shoulder, achiote, banana leaf wrapper, braised sous-vide

PARA COMPARTIR

LOUP DE MER A LA PLANCHA 55 crispy-skinned sea bass with five latin sauces: romesco, chimichurri, verde, aji amarillo, aji panca

ENFRIJOLADAS DE PATO 35 rolled blue corn tortillas, duck confit, black bean puree, chevre, rioja wine chile sauce

BIFE 95 24-ounce bone-in rib-eye, marinated, fire- grilled, cebollas quemadas, seasonal vegetable purees, cielo verde greens

PINTURAS

FRIJOLES NEGROS 5

CALABACITAS 5

BLACK QUINOA Y ESPINACA 5

FEIJOADA BEANS