DEL MAR OSTIONERIA
SINALOAN SEAFOOD FROM A MIRACLE MILE TRUCK
When it comes to the best of L.A.’s seafood trucks, it’s no secret that Mariscos Jalisco holds the crown—at least when it comes to shrimp tacos. But now there’s a new truck in the fish game serving delicious contemporary Mexican seafood. L.A. foodies really need to get to know Del Mar Ostioneria, which serves sensational seafood from a Miracle Mile truck.
Sourcing only the finest and freshest ingredients, Del Mar Ostioneria is home to tasty options from a menu ranging from tacos to various seafood dishes, and sides.
The story goes that Francisco Leal was a local street vendor in Vernon making excellent ceviches. But the native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, already had a very impressive culinary resume in Mexico, working for 17 years at the Pizzeta Restaurant Group in Culiacán while receiving several diplomas in international cuisines. He had even opened a sushi restaurant of his own in La Paz, Baja California.
Leal teamed up with Mexican American entrepreneur Roberto Pérez to open Del Mar Ostioneria—described as a “game-changing food truck” serving high-end Sinaloa-style seafood with a Japanese flare. Rumor has it that Del Mar Ostioneria might be the only Mexican food truck in L.A. serving kusshi (British Columbia), kumiai (Baja California), and Pacific coast kumamoto oysters.
The menu includes seven tacos, including Baja Fish, Baja Shrimp Taco Wild Caught, Filet Mignon Taco, Surf & Turf Taco, Octopus Tamarindo Taco, Lobster Taco, and Tamarindo Shrimp Taco. There are also Aguachiles, including mango habanero, and aguachile negro. Believe me, these are not for the faint of heart.
There are also Mexican style cocktails, including shrimp, and shrimp and octopus, as well as seven styles of ceviches, from raw shrimp to cooked shrimp to cooked octopus to mango shrimp, tuna, and salmon. Each ceviche is meant to be eaten with tostadas or saltines.
Tostada options include Kanicama Crab, and a house special with Kanicama Crab, cooked shrimp, and cooked octopus on a crunchy corn tostada.
During our recent visit, we feasted on the Aguachile Negro—raw wild caught shrimp, cucumber, red onion, lime juice, salt and pepper, spicy ponzu sauce, dash of crusted chiltepin pepper, topped with sliced avocado. Be warned, this is a very spicy dish!
The Tostada Special with crab, shrimp and octopus is killer, as are the Surf & Turf Taco with sliced filet mignon and lobster, and the Lobster Taco. FYI, the seafood tacos served on non-GMO blue corn tortillas.
The powers that be like to say it’s like you’re eating Nobu style seafood from a truck on La Brea Avenue. While Mariscos Jalisco is rightfully beloved for its wholly original style of shrimp tacos, Del Mar Ostioneria offers a more elevated dining experience. You’ll be hard pressed to find fresher and finer seafood from any restaurant let alone another truck in town.
Del Mar Ostioneria is located at 831 S. La Brea. Open weekdays from 12pm to 10pm; Saturday from 11am to 10pm; and Sunday from 11am to 11pm.
Story By: Jose Martinez