$10 for $20 Worth of Salvadoran Cuisine at Platano in Berkeley

South Berkeley

23 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

  • Handmade corn tortillas
  • Vegetarian & vegan options
  • Central American beers
  • Imported Salvadoran folk art

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Promotional value expires Dec 8, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must purchase 1 food item. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Browsing post cards while eating represents an inexpensive way to experience the world, second only to stowing away inside a space-shuttle exhibit, sneaking peeks through the planetarium's telescope. Experience the sights and flavors of far-away lands with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Salvadoran cuisine at Platano in Berkeley.

Platano elevates the traditional Salvadoran pupuseria with a menu that includes full entrees as well as an assortment of Central American beers. An array of pupusas ($2.50 each) stuffs its thick corn-masa tortillas with a bountiful harvest of ingredient combos, including pork and cheese and cheese and loroco—the official vegetable of Salvadoran librarians. Dinner bells herald the arrival of such entrees as the pan-fried shredded beef of the carne desilada ($12), whose succulent kaleidoscope of eggs, tomato, onion, and bell peppers adorns plates properly. The chefs also output a combination of stewed potatoes, carrots, and green beans in the papa guisada ($11), which swarms vegan-inclined taste buds with a concoction of Salvadoran spices. All dinner plates arrive with two handmade corn tortillas as well as a customer-dictated helping of rice and bean preparations.

Platano's interior space mirrors the artful presentation that rests upon its plates. The owners bedeck the earth-toned walls with an exhibition of handpicked folk art imported directly from El Salvador, inspiring revelatory toasts with glasses of house wine or sangria ($5) or a beer from a list that includes several Central American offerings ($3–$8).

Customer Reviews

23 Ratings

I love this place
Phoebe W. · November 12, 2012
The service is an experience in itself but always with a smile. The food is great, I had the Pescado frito with Casamientos. Their Sangria is nice and they have a wine a bar in the back.
Nathan A. · January 3, 2012
The only comment that counts is that the food was delicious and we will be back.
Stephen K. · December 12, 2011
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    2042 University Ave.

    Berkeley, California 94704

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