CEVICHE

London is a true melting pot of cultures. With countless dining options available, a foodie can travel all around the world. This time I got to experience a little piece of Peru by trying out Ceviche, a Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Soho ran by Martin Morales and chef Alejandro Bello.

After its opening Ceviche became quickly the talk of the town. I was really excited to try Peruvian cuisine for the very first time and see for myself whether this place would live up to its reputation! First of all, if you consider going there make sure you reserve a table in advance. When my partner in crime and I arrived early on a Saturday evening, it was already busy and buzzing. The atmosphere is very laid back – tables close together, dim lighting, Peruvian posters and a long bar in the entrance. The restaurant gets rather noisy (way more than I actually thought it could) but the food is everything!

Portions are smaller so that you can try more dishes and share. We decided to go for the recommended number of three to four tapas per person and try a couple of cocktails. We started with their signature cocktail, the Pisco Sour and a side of cancha, i.e. crunchy roasted Perunian corn. Both were absolutely gorgeous; I would come back just for those two alone! Food-wide this spot didn’t disappoint either. I love fish, so when in Ceviche… go for it! As the name of this place suggests, the speciality of the restaurant is the Don Ceviche: rough chunks of cold-cooked meaty sea bass marinated in leche de tigre, a mix of lime juice, yellow chilli, red onion and coriander. The fish was fresh, juicy and so tasty that we decided to also go for the wasabi ceviche (highly recommended too).

Our Peruvian food feast was completed with a quinoa salad, chicken saltado (tequeños wanton frittes filled with chicken and vegetables – amazing!), octopus and chorizo skewers and king scallops with lucuma purée. All in all, a very memorable meal which added Peru to my bucket list!

17 Frith Street, London W1D 4RG, UK; +44 20 72922040; website / facebook page

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