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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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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Brekkie at The Breakfast Club

Going out for breakfast is a pleasure that I don’t get to indulge in all that often (a travesty, if I’m honest). However, earlier this week, I took a day off work for Christmas shopping but decided to treat myself to a breakfast outing. The Breakfast Club is a popular London chain of café-cum-restaurants, which…

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Ceviche, Soho

I have a dream…a dream where South American food is craved by the British public and is firmly set within the British psyche. We’re taking our time, but the UK is finally starting to take an interest in the latest international cuisine to find itself higher up on the food agenda. There’s definitely still a long way…

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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: 

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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Tito’s Peruvian Restaurant

Boy am I one happy blogger right now. I went to my first ALL PERUVIAN RESTAURANT since I touched down in the UK, four months ago. It’s the moment I had been waiting for…and it didn’t disappoint. Tito’s Peruvian Restaurant in London Bridge, is one of the main Peruvian restaurants in London. London has a…

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Cau Restaurant, Guildford

About two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided we would try out the new Argentinian steak restaurant in Guildford. Cau is a modern, flashy new jaunt, where they pride themselves on using fine Argentinian meat to make great Argentinian meals. Sold! We both had high expectations, having both tried real Argentinian steak and real Argentinian…

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