Señor Ceviche

With so many new pop-ups and restaurants opening their doors every week, return visits are a rare occurence, especially if said restaurants don’t happen to be within a 5-min walking radius from my front door.

That said, some places do make the cut for a second visit, be it because we just happen to be in the neighbourhood, or have a specific craving that simply must be satisfied.

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As far as Señor Ceviche is concerned, it was a combination of both.

On a nice, sunny weekend, we found ourselves wandering near Kingly Court in great need of a cocktail and some barbecued side action.

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So after over a year, we made our way to Señor’s casa, eager to quench our thirst with a glass of house pisco and sink our teeth into some Peruvian small plates.

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The restaurant itself was as packed, fun and vibrant as ever (as you can absolutely not guess from the above press pics ??), with loads of groups celebrating the weekend and foodies delighting in the Casa’s specialities, including some truly stunning cocktails!

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Obligatory Pisco Sour (Machu Pisco, lime juice, egg white, Chuncho bitters).

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Another Casa Clasico: the Pisco Punch (Machu Pisco, lemon juice, pineapple syrup, rosemary)

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All served up by the friendliest & funniest of teams!

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And quickly followed by a tableful of colourful small plates to share, tapas style.

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Starting with an old favourite, Chifa Chicharrones.

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Slow cooked, crispy pork belly with sweet soy sauce, it’s as indulgent as you’d imagine and an absolute must-order in my book.

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Mr Miyagi tiradito

A Salmon tiradito and the perfect mix of South American and Asian cuisines, it was a brilliant example of Nikkei cooking, as well as very light and fresh. Perfect for super hot days!

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Though The Spaniard still remains my absolute favourite.

With sea bream and king prawn in a perfectly balanced sweet-and-spicy tomato & aji rocotto tiger’s milk and crispy chorizo, it’s basically summer on a plate and the sort of dish you can’t refrain from ordering a second order of the second you finish it.

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Nikkei Pulpo (Kombu grilled octopus with nikkei chimichurri & sweet potato causa)

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Perfectly grilled octopus and a citrusy green salsa, it was always going to be a winner!

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An a cheeky side of Patatas Fritas with fiery aji rocotto mayonnaise.

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Peru’s answer to French fries (and I’m quite tempted to put them in charge of the Fries Comity to be honest…), and one of the many dishes worth peru-sing!

Señor Ceviche, Kingly Court, Kingly St, London W1B 5PW

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Lima London

Peruvian food has been booming in London over the past couple of years, bringing vibrant flavours and creative dishes to the world’s top restaurant scene.

And at the head of that Andean revolution was Lima, a small smart-but-not-stuffy Fitzrovia restaurant, whose excellent work has since been rewarded with a Michelin star.

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The restaurant itself, with its scandi-meets-South-America design and its very casual vibe is an absolute gem.

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Lima London | Cake + Whisky

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Industrial lamps, comfy olive green seats, beautiful pink orchids, wall-long art pieces and a stunning glass ceiling… Lima is basically a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece.

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But then so are the cocktails (the proof is in the blogger! ?)…

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Cuento del Diablo (Aji Chilli Infused Pisco. Triple Sec. Strawberry. Lime. Grenadine). A devil-ishly good little number!

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The Maracuya and Rosa chilicanos.

All in all the perfect fuel for a much needed catch -up!

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Together with this beautiful butterfish pre-appetizer.

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So pretty we almost didn’t eat it (much like the rest of the menu to be honest)!

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I’m never going to say no to free bread (hellooooo, I’m French, carbs are basically in my DNA!), and the chilli and mustard seed selection was just as colourful and flavourful as I’d hoped it would be.

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The Seabass ceviche is a classic of Peruvian cuisine and an absolute must-order at Lima.

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Delicate chunks of sea bass, with avocado, vibrant yellow tiger’s milk and crunchy cancha corn.

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Stunning scallop causa (with yellow potato, achiote and aji limo).

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And the most beautiful of them all: Artichoke Amazonia (red potato, avocado, passion fruit, achiote and pea shoots).

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So pretty in fact that we weren’t sure whether to eat it or hang it on the walls (good things Binny was stronger than me on that one!)

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One of my favourite was this simple, yet elegant dish of braised octopus.

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Served with purple corn crisps and droplets of excellent olive oil.

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Brought together by a few dollops of a really punchy, olive-based purple dressing.

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Creative and comforting all at once, it’s one of Lima’s signature dishes and once I really recommend you try.

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Duck magret cocona.

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Served perfectly pink with roasted plums and soft, moist, more-ish corn cake.

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Wafer thin Asparagus Peru (with tree tomato emulsion, sweet potato and heritage tomato).

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And a some more of than Cusco corn cake. But I’m sure if I tell you this thing is pretty much like corn French toast, you’ll understand.

The good thing about Lima’s plates being rather on the lighter side is that we still had plenty of room for dessert!

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Starting with the Chirimoya (custard apple) parfait (with chocolate crumb and blue potato crisps, plus some hidden dulche de leche caramel).

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Following with Alfajores, and yet more dulche de leche (both in the form of ice cream and caramel cream).

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Last but not least was the Avocado mousse, encased in a life-like chocolate casing.

Mind-bendingly good and the best proof of what a truly brilliant restaurant Lima is.

Its detractors might criticize the rather high price and small quantities. And I won’t say it’s not an expensive place. It is. But unlike many other places around the same price-point, the food you get for your money is delicious, but also healthy, creative and vibrant. Which I’m more than willing to pay the price for.

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