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La Canela - 11 Reviews - 141 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850, Rockville, MD - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (301) 251-1550

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La Canela - Rockville, MD
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Best

The torta tres leches desert was phenomenal!

Worst

I went there all the way from Virginia, since the first floor is small i asked to be seated upstairs, the...

bad service 3/31/2013

I went there all the way from Virginia, since the first floor is small i asked to be seated upstairs, the... more

bad service 3/30/2013

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I went there all the way from Virginia, since the first floor is small i asked to be seated upstairs, the waiter told me only when the first floor ... more

Great food & atmosphere 8/14/2010

The torta tres leches desert was phenomenal! more

The truth feeling ! 7/28/2010

~ I am done with people not realizing how much this workers do for them. I am disappointed with the stuff you people are saying if you do not like it than DON'T GO! understand! nd STOP writing something that not even worth it !!oh yeah and i want to see the people that saying all their disappointment work their for at least a day see how it is standing their! be REAL! La Canela is the food you people would never understand ! because it can leave you with out any words because of how good it is !! And please people if you enjoyed the food write what you think and forget what other people sayed about La Canela !! That is their opinion! You go and try the food! The managers where really kind! i got a chance to met them! I love the food - Ali more

the best meal ever!! 7/28/2010

La Canela is the best food ever, having dinner.I could never be disappointed with the food they serve.It is wonderful. The papa huancaina is the best! how they serve their plates show that they care about,how they please the costumers. I don't know why other people would be disappointed with the food? Well MAYBE they are jealous and La Canela don't get REAL people get REAL ! they are fine with all the stuff they are doing, maybe you guys are not the ones that are not realizing how GOOD the food is because your to much complaining of how bad the food is?I love the food and i will go their everyday if I have to taste the wonderful of Peru again ! When you take your first step into La canela it feels like your in Peru. -Alexandra Smith more

Owners should know better 3/27/2010

Very very very disappointed! This is not authentic peruvian food. Owners should know better, come on people, there is no need to soften up the real peruvian recipes! The chupe was more like a chicken broth with no fun. The calamarcitos were undercook and the papas a la huancaina totally boring. The yuquitas were ok. The deco is dark and boring. Those leather chairs that some people like are very uncomfortable. I still think that Machu Picchu in Falls Church is much better and let's no even to compare it with Francesco in Coral Gables. more

Sad the other Canela is gone 2/21/2010

I was upset to find out this weekend that their Gaithersburg restaurant had closed for good. That restaurant was like eating in Lima. The Rockville location is fine but meant more for non-connoisseurs of Peruvian cuisine. I mean seriously -- they have squid anticuchos which are fine but what about the beef heart ones?!? And cau cau, It wasn't offered -- c'mon owners of La Canela -- GET REAL and start offering the food one can get in Lima. Oh, and bring back the chef from Gaithersburg!! more

Highly recommended! 2/11/2010

I have food allergies in particular a severe dairy allergy. The servers are very attentive and knowledgeable about the ingredients in the menu dishes. When possible, the chef has worked with me to accomodate my dietary requirements. I have never got sick due to cross-contamination issues. The food is delicious and I really have a good time every time that I dine at the restaurant knowing that the chef and the servers are working with me so I can enjoy the dining experience. Kudos for the chef and the staff! more

The best 1/19/2010

I'm not the kind to write a review, but I was at the same table the prior writer was and the food was incredible and the service was fine. She ordered the flounder dish with seafood sauce, but she asked for the seafood sauce on the side when it usually comes over the fillet. Had she ordered it the way it was and had eaten the generous portion of seafood which acompanies the fish, she would have been stuffed. She chose to no eat the seafood and then complain because she wanted the waiters to calm her hunger by giving her free food. I was sooo embarrased I felt like hiding under the table. She would constantly harass the waiters until they offered her a dessert on the house, but she would not have it. Please disregard her comments more

Chicken Soup 1/12/2010

with noodles, spiced nicely, and a flair. Not the sort Mom made. I forgot to look at the wine/drink list before I ordered a drink, , and ordered a Pico Sour since it was one South American drink I knew about, which waas a mistake, since the list had many interesting drinks. However, the Pisco Sour was well made and frothy. The chicken pesto was served over wide green noodles and pounded fried chicken and had a lively taste. The portions were more than adequate, unless you're trying to again weight, and I was able to save some of my pesto to carry home. more

Dissappointing 12/29/2009

Our Company had our Christmas lunch there and I was starving. The flounder was so very small that my co-workers could not believe it. When we questioned the size to the waiter he said "it shrunk". I was still hungry and very upset that something this small was called a meal. I complained and asked to speak to the manager. I was told he was not there. Not once did the two waiters offer me something else to eat. They were rude and did not care that I was so very dissatified and still hungry!! I have never been treated like this in any other restaurant - they did not care!! I left while my co-workers were ordering desset. I went across the street to Five Guys to eat. I will never return to Canela-have spread the word. more

Editorial review from washingtonpost.com 10/17/2009

2009 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 Behind the heavy wooden doors in Rockville await three dining rooms, regally furnished with gold-framed mirrors and leather-backed chairs, and a menu that puts Peruvian cooking on a pedestal. The most decadent introduction is the crab-topped avocado half, draped with a creamy emulsion of red peppers and supported by a plateau of mashed yellow tubers. The seviche lacks sparkle these days, but the fried pork and yucca starter is as satisfying as ever, the earthy flavors of the dish balanced with a sassy salsa. Thick and juicy, La Canela's steak rivals what you might find in the city, for half the price and with three times the flavor, thanks to the trio of bold sauces that accompany the beef, its oiled rice and hand-cut french fries. Creamy shredded chicken over steamed sliced potatoes (the spuds rock here) is comforting and attractive, garnished as it is with sliced cooked egg and slivered olives. If only the small tables could better accommodate the big plates! Each of the rooms has its charms, but the upstairs loft is the most intimate (although no less noisy than elsewhere, alas). La Canela is a family-run venture, and it shows. The personal attention from servers and cooks alike, together with a potent pisco sour capped with foamy egg white and punched up with clear brandy, let you pretend you're in Lima. more

A Gem Among the Chains 5/3/2008

Sietsema Review A Gem Among the Chains A new Peruvian eatery spices up Rockville Town Square By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, May 4, 2008 Sound Check: 80 (decibels) Extremely loud There are about two dozen places for a person to refuel in the tidy assembly of bricks, glass and steel known as Rockville Town Square. The bulk of those businesses in the Disneyesque village sport familiar labels and predictable menus, including Cosi, Gordon Biersch, Jerry's Subs and Pizza, La Tasca and (are you still awake?) Starbucks. But a handful of restaurants there aim to offer something special, and one of them, La Canela, serves a cuisine that I'm always eager to try. Race, do not walk, to find the gold amid the dross. La Canela comes with a long list of dishes that will make you wonder why there aren't more Peruvian purveyors on the scene and with an interior that suggests you're eating in Lima rather than a Washington suburb. The restaurant, whose name translates as "the cinnamon" in Spanish, also counts a hard-working family behind its heavy wooden doors. If the name of the newcomer rings a bell, it could be because the owners, Lilian Clary and her beau, Juan Rodriguez, also run the nearly 11-year-old La Flor de la Canela, a smaller Peruvian fixture in Gaithersburg. Tucked away on a small side street of the mixed-use complex, La Canela looks as if it has been around for decades rather than months. Step inside, and you'll discover several dining rooms spread across multiple levels. Each destination has its charms. The largest of the three is the ground floor, stylish with its bronze-colored banquette, gold-framed mirrors and pastel-colored street scene painted onto one wall. Venture up a flight of stairs, and you'll find a small bar surrounded by a few tables, some of which have window views, others of which look onto the ground floor of the restaurant. Higher still is an even more intimate space, best for small groups. No matter the altitude they find themselves, diners are treated to handsome leather-backed chairs, fanciful black grillwork and service that feels as if good friends are attending to you. The fragrance of garlic and cooked meat infuses the place with even more soul. La Canela weighs in with 20 more seats, and slightly more elaborate food, than its sibling, but "we cook the same way," says Clary, whose two sons, Alain and Erick, oversee the flavors in the younger restaurant. "Like a home cook would." She's got that right. To spoon into La Canela's chicken soup -- thick with noodles that retain some bite, plentiful with shreds of chicken -- is to accept an invitation to someone's house for a meal. To try an appetizer of softly crunchy fried pork (chicharron) and Lincoln Logs of crisp yucca is to order a dish that could pass for a light dinner. Its salsa of red onion, fresh cilantro and chopped tomato balances the earthy flavors of the chicharron. Potatoes are to Peru what a smile is to Julia Roberts, and one of the best ways to sample the tubers is steamed, sliced and sauced with a curtain of yellow cheese sauce. The sunny first course is decorated with olives and slices of hard-cooked egg. It is also deceptively hot, thanks to the inclusion of aji amarillo (yellow chilies) in its sauce. The dish that raises eyebrows, and inspires lip-smacking, looks like something you'd find in a frat house: french fries tossed with sausage coins and streaked with shredded egg white. Simply billed as "huevos" on the menu, the popular Peruvian snack ("We eat them with hot dogs" back home, says Clary) underscores the care the kitchen takes with even its most humble recipes. The fries are hand-cut, the chorizo snaps in the mouth, and the mix comes with a trio of creamy dips that banish any thought of adding ketchup or mustard. The more you try at La Canela, the more reasons you find to like the place. A dish called tiradito delivers see-through slices of raw flounder dotted with an emulsion of garlic, olive oil and rocoto, a hot pepper common in the Andes. The staging suggests sashimi by way of South America. Tubes of tender squid arrive on a plate with a light but assertive sauce that hints of roasted red peppers and wine. Think chicken is boring? La Canela offers two entrees to change your mind. One is creamy shredded chicken over steamed potato slices; the other, "Milanesa," is a thinly pounded breast sprinkled with cumin-and-pepper seasoned bread crumbs, fried to a fine crackle and topped with a fried egg. Slowly cooked onions and garlic lend their caramelized charms to a tender veal stew cooked in beer and finished with cilantro, while beef shows up in more guises than Tracey Ullman. My current passion is lightly breaded steak nearly buried under pesto-draped fettuccine. The entree adds up to a lot of comfort. La Canela imports some of its ingredients -- those yellow peppers, that rocoto -- from Peru and gets advice from Clary's mother, Leonor Iparraguirre, who is recovering from two strokes in a nearby hospital but is available for consultations. "If I need some help, I call her," says Clary, who has been coached by her mother to soak dried cod five times before cooking it and to use only fresh oregano. Some connoisseurs think Peru serves some of the finest food in South America. There's no arguing that the cuisine benefits from a varied climate and borrows from Spain, France and China -- countries known for their cooking. (Among the hits at La Canela: rice stir-fried with tender shrimp and squid, and brightened with diced red pepper.) Any meal is enhanced when it's accompanied by a pisco sour, a world-class cocktail that manages to be both potent and refreshing at the same time. Capped with whipped egg whites, the pisco, a clear brandy, is combined with lemon juice and a bit of sugar. The bar also whips up a mojito that is neither too sweet or too minty, frequent obstacles to enjoying the drink. A diner has to hunt for disappointments at La Canela. Truth be told, the last course is easy to resist. Tres leches cake is a merely decent version of that milk-swollen dessert, and the bread pudding is dull and heavy -- not worth the calories. Unlike almost everything else that precedes them, these dishes taste like afterthoughts. Further, the dining rooms can get loud as the evening progresses. Go early, before the place fills up, if you want a side of serenity with your meal. The food here deserves your full attention. more
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  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 11:30 am-9 pm, Fri 11:30 am-10 pm, Sat 12:30 pm-10 pm; Sun 12:30-7:30 pm
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