Periuvian cuisine is big on the London restaurant scene. With stalwarts such as Ceviche, Lima and Coya, there’s still a lot of demand for this style of cuisine.
Enter Pachamama. Based on the Marylebone High Street, this chic underground restaurant is exactly what the area needed – a little injection of funky South America.
The space feels like a slice of Shoreditch, with its exposed brickwork and slightly warehouse-y feel.
As it’s a relatively new opening (mid-Oct), they’re still fine-tuning things, and service was a little hap-hazard.
The food though, needs no tweeks whatsoever. We had the lunch menu when we were there, and we were not disappointed. Plus, they make a mean pisco sour.
A deliciously fresh seabass ceviche was served up first, and having recently visited South America, I’m pleased to say that it definitely lived up to our rather high expectations. The little hits of sweet potato were the perfect touch to balance out this very citrusy dish.
We had some great chicken dishes too. The anticucho – spicy Peruvian skewers with a sweetcorn sauce – was yummy. And the blackened chicken thighs with treacle and lime was really divine.
As it was lunchtime, we only had the one cocktail. But, I think that Peruivian cuisine can be treated like Thai, in the sense that it’s aromatic, fresh and spicy at the same time. It would be great with a Pinot Gris or Riesling, and even a Marlborough Sauvignon would work well.
At £18 for 3 courses, this is a pretty sweet deal.
Overall, we loved the atmosphere and everything we ate, so we’ll be back again very soon.