For a minute I forgot I was in London.
The extremely catchy Peruvian music (I’m assuming it was traditional Peruvian music although I’ve never heard this before..) with its many horns, coupled with the sound of the barman shaking and concocting cocktails and drinks and the sun turning everything outside a bright white made me leave the bustling London streets behind.
This was to be my first experience of Peruvian food, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Señor Ceviche’s menu offers a really interesting mix of seafood and meat dishes. Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions of Americas and is thought to have originated in Peru. It involves fish being cured in citrus juices together with spices.
A glance across the menu and you can see they know a thing or two about ingredients. Tiger’s milk, aji rocotto and amarillo anticucho sauce are just a few which intrigue me. But it was words like ‘barbecue’ and ‘slow cooked’ which stopped me in my tracks – always a winning combination in my eyes.
The pachamanca pork rib (£8.50) arrived beautifully presented. Oh oh. I forgot about my ‘no eating ribs in public’ policy. Why do I have such a ludicrous rule? I’m a particularly messy eater and usually end up with sauce all over my cheeks. Not a good look.
But I needn’t have worried. The rib seemed to undress itself willing from the pork when I pressed down on it with my knife. Slow cooked? Yup, you can say that again. The accompanying nikkei barbecue sauce was both sweet and tangy with a slight citrus zing and something I hadn’t tasted before. The crunchy corn garnish added a lovely texture to the plate too.
I also ordered a side of patatas fritas with huancaina and tomato fondue (£4), thin crunchy fries topped with a spicy tomato sauce and melted cheese.
For location, price, menu, quality of food and atmosphere, Señor Ceviche has the lot and is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in London. I couldn’t write this review without a little note on the service. It was fantastic. I was greeted and welcomed with a smile from all happy staff members and they were very friendly throughout the meal. And a special mention to Laura who served me and guided me through the menu!
I’ll definitely have to come back to try cerviche. They have a loyalty scheme which gives you 15% off future bills so there’s no excuse not to. Just ask to sign up and they’ll give you a keyring.
Find Señor Ceviche on the first floor of Kingly Court in Carnaby Street, Soho. The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
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