Fancy a nosey at my new favourite spot for a mid-week scoff? If you are looking for a place to eat out whilst staying on the Janurary health kick, I have a new joint in town that you certainly need to know about!
Tucked in the upper most corner of Kingly Court (Soho) is newbie Peruvian casa, Senior Ceviche. A fun and vibey spot, filled with colour, (from the traditional peruvian posters littering the walls) and a laid-back, relaxed energy. The restaurant only opened a month before I visited and even then tables were scarce for a quiet mid-week lunch. After hearing so much, I headed down with the lovely Charmaine, the pr mastermind behind the restaurant to check it out. We first met a while ago and I and bonded from the get go over our dry, British humour and a love of good food. Our meetings are certainly frequent, but always so enjoyable!
The menu and food is inspired the the different regions and traditional cuisines of Peru, each with a unique twist. Even for the raw fish skeptics, there was more then enough in the menu to tempt. Including superfood quinoa salads, charred chicken, sticky n saucy ribs, as well as the classic tasty tiraditos, saucy ceviche dishes and killer cocktails… I don;t know why i’m dilly dallying… Lets dive in shall we?!
The first plates out of the kitchen were the cold ceviches and (Mr Miyaki) the salmon tiradito. We went for the Spaniard, a peruvian-Spanish fusion dish of king prawns, crispy chorizo and sea bream in a tomato spicy citrus marinade. A great dish for anyone that is new to ceviche, as it echoes familiar Spanish flavours and has a little more texture to get the teeth around, aside from raw fish.
We also went for the Limeno Classico. A dish of sea bream in tigers milk (chilli marinade) with the classic garnish of sweet potato, red onion and coriander. Light and fresh, the only thing I thought would have made it better would have been a little sprikling of Canchita, the Peruvian crunchy corn, which works so well with a more classic ceviche.
And also the Senor Ceviche, the restaurants signature dish with avocado and tempura squid, and the thin wafers of tiradito salmon. Both delicious and beautifully presented. I particularly liked the addition of the crispy salmon skin on the tiradito, adding saltiness and crunch.
To follow was the beets n greens, quinoa fresco, the pink pickled cabbage (my fave) and the chancaca salmon to share. The combination I liked most was the salmon and the pink cabbage, the sharpness of the pickle, cutting through the rich oiliness of the fish. With a few grains of quinoa for nuttiness and texture and I had one heck of a melange on my fork! Without a doubt the cocktail to order would be the pisco sour. Perhaps I am biasing it as my favourite because it is the one and only… undoubtedly a trip back to try the rest will be required at some point!
Despite the business and bustle, the service was superb and we rolled out happy customers. Not before a shot of rocket fuel to set us up for an afternoon of work ahead.
If you go, let me know and try the ribs or the chicken, please do let me know. The table next to use ordered it and I had REAL food envy! I wanna know if they were as all that as they looked!