Restaurant: Ceviche Old St
Where is it: A stone’s throw from bustling Old Street Station.
Opened: March 2015
The concept: South America’s coolest chef and cookbook author Martin Morales, opens his third outpost in Old Street, providing city-slickers with a plethora of spicy treats, rotisserie cooking and even a dedicated ceviche bar where you can watch your food being made. Unlike the East-end-cool of the previous Ceviche’s, this new offering has a more homely, mid-Century brasserie vibe.
Who to take: Your man for a post-work drink on Thursday, or your girlfriends for a an array of sharing plates and a catch up on Friday.
We tried: A diverse and creative list of small plates such as ‘Huevo Criollo’ –egg, quinoa, morcilla sangrecita & chilli sauce’, ‘Ceviche del Dia’ –fish, celery, red onion sweet potato & tiger’s milk and BBQ anticucho skewers – a Lima street food favourite.
Save room for: ‘Torreja de Sesos’ – Lamb’s brain fritters with tomato & rocoto chilli jam. Sound off-putting but are some of the tastiest morsels we’ve ever tried.
What to drink: The Pisco Punch, made and bottled on-site, is too good to miss, while the small but perfectly crafted menu of Latin American and British craft beer and wine will keep everyone happy.
The best thing about it was: Peruvian food doesn’t normally lend itself to healthy dishes, but Ceviche has pulled it off with dishes packing sustainable and superfood ingredients. An impressive slice of South America in London.
The small print: The interiors were a little design-heavy for our taste, but then, you’re not really here to chat about the wall art…And if it is to your taste, the public are allowed to purchase so you can even leave your meal with some new artwork tucked under your arm.