May 11, 2018
This dazzling venue north of Oxford Street is the only Peruvian restaurant in London to net a Michelin star. While that pond is admittedly small, this place is amazing however you look at it. Executive chef Virgilio Martinez is chef Patron of Peru’s best restaurant, Central, and his London operation is a stunner. The room is modern white and bright with a colourful mural on the back wall. The drinks are excellent. They make one of the best Pisco Sours in both classic and passion fruit varieties – in the city as well as a number of pisco-based cocktails, including the Ponche, mixed with pineapple, lime and sparkling wine and the vegetal Kantuta, made from cucumber infused pisco and beetroot. They stock a large range of pisco, tequila and other spirits as well as a wide range of South American wines. The food is exciting, inventive and beautifully presented: lots of fresh fish, ceviche and other contemporary Peruvian dishes try the braised octopus with quinoa. Their set lunch menu is one of the best deals around considering the standard of cooking. There are a growing number of Peruvian restaurants in London these days but this place tops the lot.