We sent Joel Porter to try the authentic Peruvian cuisine at Pacha Mama.
Try your hand at Peruvian cuisine with this delicious sea bass ceviche recipe.
Peruvian cuisine has been one of the major success stories in London over the last couple of years, with places like Ceviche, Andina and Coya all winning a lot of fans across the capital. One of the first to arrive, Lima, even won a Michelin star in 2013 and opened a second site, Lima Floral, in Covent Garden this year.
There’s no doubt then that Peruvian is popular with Londoners, so what does the latest arrival on the scene, Pachamama, have to offer that sets it apart? For one thing, Head Chef Tom Catley has an enviable CV that not only includes Amaz in Peru but also Nobu Park Lane, Ottolenghi, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. His experience shines through at Pachamama as this is definitely one of the best Peruvian meals we’ve had in London.
The Peruvian staple – Ceviche – is presented here in several incarnations and we loved both the wild Cornish sea bass with radish and the chilled prawns with garden peas and wasabi tiger’s milk – be warned, the wasabi gives it a pretty serious kick! Miniature crispy tacos, some filled with salmon and others with parsnip and sweet plantain are also highly recommended from the starters.
Another thing that gives Pachamama an edge is the use of both a Josper and a Robata grill which give many of the meat and fish dishes a rich and smoky flavour. Our two favourites, both from the Josper menu, where the crispy lamb belly with green aji sauce and the pork ribs with miso glaze – trust us, these two dishes are a ‘Must Order’ and worth coming in for alone. From the Robata menu we also enjoyed the flamed octopus with purple potato and the blackened chicken with grilled corn.
As any Peruvian restaurant should, Pachamama also has a great menu of Pisco-based cocktails to get stuck into and there’s even a 16 seat bar area if you fancy just popping in for drinks and snacks.
If you’re already a Peruvian fan then Pachamama should be high on your list of places to visit; if you’re yet to be converted, then Pachamama might just be the place to do it.
Pachamama London, 18 Thayer Street, W1U 3JY
For more information visit pachamamalondon.com
Joel Porter is a London based food writer and PR. He is tweeting @joelwporter