Review: Andina London

A few weeks ago, I finally went for dinner at Andina. I’m actually a little embarrassed that it’s taken me so long, as I travel past it every day and took a Pisco Sour Masterclass there over a year ago. If you’re not familiar with it, Andina London is the second restaurant from Ceviche‘s Martin…

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New Kids on the Block: Señor Ceviche and Pachamama

Summer may be drawing to an end but there’s still plenty to be excited about; we have two more Peruvian restaurants coming to London! Peruvian food is taking the capital by storm. Just three years ago, I had but a handful of South American restaurants to review. Nowadays it’s a very different story – I…

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Recipe: Aji de Gallina

There’s a common misconception that South American food is all rice and beans. Before I went there myself, I have to admit that I was expecting something similar too. But now I know better! Now, I’m blissfully aware of fresh tangy ceviche, hot meaty empanadas and creamy nutty huancaina sauce. Of course, the basics of…

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Look who’s popped up again…

Sñr Ceviche! Good things come to those who wait, and I have been ever so patiently awaiting the return of Peruvian pop-up legends, Sñr Ceviche! If you salivated whilst reading my previous post about sweet and sticky duck lollipops, fresh and tangy ceviche and moreish pulled pork hamburguesas, you need to get book yourselves in…

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Peruvian Cooking with Flor Arcaya de Deliot

I’ve always found that experiences are far more pleasurable than possessions. I’m the sort of person who’d far rather spend £300 pound on a trip away, than on a designer handbag, so it goes without saying that my favourite presents are experiences rather than gifts. For my birthday this year, I was given a Peruvian…

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Recipe: Sweet Soy and Sesame Chicken

A great way to jazz up left over roast chicken is to stir fry it in honey, soy sauce and sesame seeds. It makes a sweet and simple oriental dinner and goes really well with Ensalada Rusa Peruana.

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Recipe: Ensalada Rusa from Spain and Peru

I recently returned from a trip to sunny Barcelona, where I came across a familiar salad or tapa that I had come across in South America: Ensalada Rusa.  Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad) is a potato salad dish, most commonly eaten in Spain, made with peas, carrots, peppers, olives and tuna. However, this potato salad is enjoyed all over Europe, the…

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Review: Sñr Ceviche

Pop-up restaurants have taken the capital by storm; eating at temporary, makeshift restaurants with a one-off set menu is in vogue. They usually only run for a month or two and book up fast. As quickly as they ‘pop-up’, they then disappear, before relocating to another place. Pop-ups are a great way for restaurateurs to…

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Ceviche…again.

I am a woman of my word. I said I’d go back to Ceviche…so I did! And it was as good, if not better! The Sakura Maru ceviche and Causa Santa Rosa made another appearance, but the show-stopper was the crispy pork belly with mole style black beans and potato. Smoky, nutty and sweet all…

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Comedor Grill & Bar, Islington

Venturing into the North London dining scene is an exciting experience for me. Being more of a South Londoner, I rarely get to go out for dinner on the opposite side of the city. There’s no excuse really, as North London has an abundance of international restaurants and cafés, including a number of notable Latin…

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Lima London “Eating out is a treat people can still afford.”

Lima London “Eating out is a treat people can still afford.”

In yesterday’s Evening Standard, I came across this article on the latest edition to London’s Peruvian restaurant scene. Last month, the Peruvian fine dining restaurant ‘Lima’ opened with over a thousand bookings already taken, and has apparently “continued to thrive despite the economic gloom”.

What I was most interested in was how the restaurant’s owner, Gabriel Gonzalez said that eating out is the “last luxury” that Londoners can afford. 

First of all, I for one, cannot afford to eat out nearly as much as I would like (but then if I had it my way I’d eat out A LOT). Even with my latest genius purchase, a Tastecard (which neither Ceviche or Lima accepts), I still consider myself as a foodie on a very tight leash. 

Take a look at the Lima menu: http://www.limalondon.com/perch/resources/menu-all-2.pdf 

The menu is laid out in a “fine dining” style, but the dishes really do look inspiring. You’re so focused on the exotic ingredients and interesting combinations, that you almost don’t notice the fact that you can’t get a starter for under £7. Almost.

But what’s ten English pounds for a delicious “braised octopus al olivo, organic white quinoa and botija olive bubbles”?! And seabass causa, I haven’t come across that before…

It wasn’t lost on me that Lima also offers a 3-course lunch menu for £20 that, unlike most set menus in fine dining establishments, appears as though it doesn’t economize on the quality.

Ooh, organic salmon tiradito, braised lamb shoulder and dulce de leche ice cream on top! It really is a good deal…it could be a weekend treat. I won’t go out that night…

Whilst not every Londoner will agree with Gonzalez, I for one can’t deny my reaction to the menu and my subsequent reasoning. Perhaps true London foodies really will spend their last pennies on good food, as their last little luxuries. 

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Recipe: Peruvian Quinoa Stew

With a recent health-kick in place, I’ve been on a much healthier, veg-filled diet. Even if it only lasts the week, it still counts! Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but when I was in Peru, I didn’t get the impression that Peruvian people were all that health conscious; local everyday meals tended to involve…

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