in2 Food: Peruvian cuisine the ultimate fusion food

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Culinary capital of South America

STEPPING into Senor Ceviche on Charlotte Street whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of city life into a welcoming ‘Casa.’

The Peruvian restaurant, one of two Senor Ceviche’s in London (the other is in Carnaby Street), pays homage to the Peruvian capital by giving you a taste of Lima, regarded as the culinary capital of South America with its sublime gastronomy – delicious healthy but indulgent cuisine considered among the best in the world.

Señor’s menu showcases the diverse flavours and cooking techniques inspired by travels to Peru and its rich variety of homegrown ingredients. Every bite is a taste sensation – a combination of sweet, salty and sour tastes. And the best bit…dishes are made for sharing!

Stripped wood floors, leather banquet seating and subtle drop-down globe lighting creates the perfect backdrop and vibe for this lively restaurant. Its upper floor reached by winding staircase overlooks diners on the lower level from a balcony setting complete with an urban-style inhouse garden of trailing wall-plants.

Friday night here is packed with diners either enjoying punchy cocktails including Pisco Sour (made with brandy, lemon juice, egg white and sugar) or my favourite, the refreshing Gonzalo’s Chilcano 1615 (Pisco, Falernam liquor, ginger ale, fresh lime, bitters with lashings of ice) and tucking into a tempting array of zingy ceviches and tangy tiraditos.

A tantalising selection of traditional Peruvian dishes is what’s on offer such as ceviche, a South American recipe for raw fish and seafood marinated in a citrusy chilli-packed marinade (tiger’s milk), the Peruvian term for it, the seafood is cooked by the acidity of the juice instead of heat. Tiradito too is another Peruvian speciality – raw fish sliced thinly and seasoned a bit like sashimi. If you want the freshest of dishes and a fusion of BIG flavours – these are a no-brainer.

We chose seabass ceviche marinated in aji limo tiger’s milk, sweet potato puree, choclo corn, red onion, coriander and plantain. The restaurant’s signature dish ‘Senor Ceviche’ also goes down well – seabass with octopus, aji Amarillo tiger’s milk (packed with chilli), sweet potato puree, avocado, coriander, red onion and crispy baby squid – delicious!

There’s more mouth-watering treats from ‘Para Picar’ (a selection of ‘small bites’ on the menu). Up first was the grilled scallops, beautifully succulent with pisco and aji Amarillo butter, served with chancaca bacon and parmesan, then Chifa Chicharonnes – slow cooked, crispy pork belly with smoked sweet potato puree and chancaca soy (a rich warm sweet sauce).
 
The Peruvian BBQ dishes are also heavenly such as slow cooked baby back ribs with sticky Yakiniku sauce and roasted peanuts. We devoured these with a side dish of Patatas Fritas (sweet potato fries with aji rocotto mayonnaise).

There’s so much choice, each dish complimenting each other perfectly and if you can’t decide on what to choose the friendly staff are only too happy to help. Waiter service is second-to-none.

Whether you want a light bite or Peruvian banquet, Senor Ceviche serves up a culinary treat for the senses.

Senor Ceviche has also introduced a weekend brunch menu, exclusive to the Charlotte Street restaurant with dishes such as sweet potato waffle with 24-hour slow cooked beef short rib and Peruvian sausage with Andean potato rosti, and corn bread with burnt tomato salsa and poached eggs, all to be enjoyed with bottomless Pisco Punch!

Senor Ceviche, 18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T
0207 842 8540/senor-ceviche.com
Review by Charlotte Civil

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