Restaurants & Bars 3

Bolivian & Ecudorian in Southwark, London

limster | Apr 13, 2008 03:01 PM

• Parrilladas del Sur
At this Bolivian place, a juicy meaty piece of grilled beef, topped with a fried egg with a lovely yellow yolk. The salsa is a a serious piece of work -- spicy, in that smoky peppery way, but also zippy and tangy. Good supporting cast of rice, potato and yucca. I'd go again. Will probably go back to try the silpancho.

• Costa Azul
First, a choice between the Ecuadorian or Bolivian menu. After a bit of interrogation, I went for the plate with the ceviche mixto and guatita, a surf and turf of sorts. The ceviche was very fresh, and quite balanced, without a huge amount of acidity. The textures of the small prawns and squid were great, but the fish cubes were a little tough and made me wonder if there was some poaching ahead of the curing process. Guatita is a stew of tripe and potatoes in a peanut sauce. Texture of the tripe was just right -- that initial chewy resistance, just before it relents. Good soft potatoes and delicious peanut sauce, not rich and gooey like peanut butter, but more liquid and dispersed, but still nutty nevertheless. Will also be back to try more.

(Both places on Old Kent Road)

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