Restaurant Review: Golden Llama

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March 2, 2018

Restaurant Review: Golden Llama

The flavors of Peru are warm and simple, leaving those who taste both satisfied and wanting more. Photo: Rebecca Snyder

Golden Llama is a rotisserie and grill offering a family-friendly environment to the Greenville community through their traditional Peruvian cuisine.

Located at East North and Pelham Road next to the Bi-Lo just across from campus, the small grill is tucked away in the corner of the plaza.

Led up to the restaurant by a small square with benches and a painted brick wall, customers walk into Golden Llama greeted by bright orange walls, lively Spanish music and a countertop made entirely of wood where they give their order.

All the menu items are in Spanish, but have English descriptions. The most popular menu item is the Lomo Saltado, which consists of marinated steak served with onions, tomatoes, steak fries and white rice plated in a pyramid shape.

Another popular dish is Papa a la Huancaina: boiled potatoes and eggs garnished with Peruvian olives, parsley and a spicy cheese sauce.

They also provide fried calamari, beef  hearts, chicken, fried yuca (a starchy root roughly comparable to a potato) and more. Whole and half rotisserie chickens marinated in Peruvian spices are available as well.                                                                                                                                                   Side dishes include white rice, plantains, yuca, a house salad and fries.

Entrée salads are served with choice of chicken or salmon. A few entrees are also available in sandwich form. Prices range from around $6.50 to $14.99.

Characteristic of Peruvian cuisine is their spices, which are a fusion of Chinese and Peruvian food cultures.

Examples of spices include huacatay (Peruvian black  mint), oregano, paprika, chincho, coriander, fennel and turmeric.

Aji peppers, akin to jalapeños, are also common in Peruvian dishes to boost flavor and give a little heat.

The owners of Golden Llama opened the small rotisserie and grill to spread Peruvian culture to the Greenville community.

They also own another location on Woodruff Road in Simpsonville, which is the headquarters for the catering aspect of the establishment.

Golden Llama is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Some menu items may also be ordered online for pick up in-store.

Visit the Golden Llama website at for more information on menu items and catering.