Nayu’s Peruvian Restaurant, 4380 Holt Ave. (at Ramona), Montclair
A few of us from work had lunch at Nayu’s last week after a recommendation from our colleague Elaine Lehman. It turns out to be located in the slightly seedy, if hilariously named, Larry’s Plaza, which I visited in May, to my horror.
Nayu’s currently has no sign but it’s in Suite K and is, well, the place without the sign. Inside the place is reasonably comfortable and the service was friendly. There’s an A in the window too. This was looking up.
I had the lomo saltado (sirloin, peppers, onions, tomatoes and fries, with rice, $9.99) and an Inca Cola. Two others had pollo saltado (the same but with chicken), another had lomo chow mein and a fifth had a ceviche.
We all liked our food quite a bit, and the portions were so large we each took some home. The ceviche may have had too many onions but was loaded with good-sized shrimp and had sides of sweet potato and corn.
I’d say Nayu’s is comparable to Kikiryki in Claremont, except Nayu’s has table service.
As we ate, a TV played soccer in Spanish, then switched to the studio, where a man was wearing a crown and an ermine cape, carrying a scepter and carrying on to the amusement of the other soccer commentators. Meanwhile, in the restaurant, a customer entered wearing a T-shirt with this message: “I got out of bed for this?” I hope he found his meal worth the trouble.