The popular Triple Threat food truck made the leap to brick-and-mortar in late August, bringing Puerto Rican cuisine to a strip mall in Little Tokyo. A Puerto Rican flag graces the entrance, a mural of Old San Juan dominates a back wall that live salsa bands set up in front of, and a hanging plant wall with a neon blue Rumba Kitchen sign acts as the restaurant centerpiece, with greenery throughout. The menu spans classic Puerto Rican fare, including a selection of mofongos (lobster, fried pork, stewed chicken, and vegetarian), Fried Caribbean Red Snapper served with tostones, and Marinated Churrasco Steak, with Puerto Rican rice and pigeon peas served on the side. You’ll also find a Puerto Rican take on chicken and waffles on the weekend brunch menu. For the bar program, a variety of mimosas and sangrias, as well as micheladas spiked with Puerto Rican lager, are on offer.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome or make reservations via Resy.
This restaurant known for serving up Puerto Rican specialties is offering holiday meal kits for your home enjoyment. Both the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day kits feature favorites like roast pork with mofongo stuffing, Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas, avocado salad, classic Christmas pasteles, and housemade flan.
Takeout details. Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) kit serves 11 to 12 people for $445; Christmas Day kit serves five to six people for $255.
How to order: Email Rumbakitchen@gmail.com by December 22 for pickup through December 24.
Chef Omayra Dakis recently opened her first restaurant in Little Tokyo that serves Puerto Rican food. The Dakis family, originally from Miami, ran the popular Triple Threat Truck here in LA, also known for their Boricua cuisine. Now with Rumba Kitchen they continue their project of bringing those still hard to find flavors to LA. The restaurant features classics like mofongo, smashed plantains with mojo pork, and a fried fish sandwich with a citrus jicama slaw on pan sobao, and for dessert, flan made by her daughter and Masterchef Jr. alum Chef Maria. Or if you’re really hungry, order the Chiofrito, a whole-fried snapper served with tostones.