Restaurants & Bars 3

Ceviche, Soho, London

limster | Apr 6, 201203:30 PM

A rather pineappley chica morada (purple corn drink), garnished with a wedge of pineapple, rather than the usual small cubes of apple.

Don ceviche had good fresh pieces of seabass, clean tasting and tender, with a lime juice-dominated marinate, sweetened by strips of onion, and some chilli heat, but hardly any aji amarillo flavour. Wish they had included cancha/toasted corn. Fairly generous and quite enjoyable, although the tiradito at Tierra Peru was leagues ahead.

A not bad anticuchos corazon, slices of firm but supple grilled beef hearts on skewers, with a pleasant mayonnaise-like sauce to round off the flavour. A slice of boiled corn cob on the side. Pleasant, but again hardly close to the excellent version at Tierra Peru.

Suspiro de Chirimoya, has a tangy sweet passionfruit like flavour from Chirimoya, a peruvian fruit, but also nice shading of cinnamon, and milk caramel. A slight grainy/powdery texture, but otherwise fine. Somewhat expensive at £5.50 for a small serving but I guess it's not easy to find the fruit here.

Ceviche falls into the good not great category, and one pays appropriately for the Soho gloss. I'd probably stick to Tito's at London Bridge (which has a very good aji de gallinha that these guys don't even serve) and Mi Tierra for some of their superb starters (I hope they've tightened the main courses, which weren't as good a couple of months ago).

P.S. Tito's has specials on weekends, which they list on their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TITOS-P... -- I'm waiting for them to make papa a la ocopa.

P.P.S. Anyone been to El Aguajal in Dalston recently?

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