Ceviche

17 Frith Street, Soho, London

Ceviche
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9/10 from 3 user reviews

Buzzy Peruvian has great feisty flavours

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Address:17 Frith Street
Soho
London
W1D 4RG
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:South American
Region:Soho
Nearest Station:Tottenham Court Road
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 23:30
Tue:12:00 - 23:30
Wed:12:00 - 23:30
Thu:12:00 - 23:30
Fri:12:00 - 23:30
Sat:12:00 - 23:30
Sun:12:00 - 22:30
Facilities & Info:
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Booking advisable
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
About: Ceviche makes healthy, exciting and affordable Peruvian food, made by Peruvians but using British creativity too. Its like nothing that London has seen before.

“This place is brilliant. The cooking is super-confident, rare and interesting, the look of the room is great and the bar must be fantastic in the evening. The music is lovely and the staff are incredibly sweet and kind. And it’s cheap. I never really want to go anywhere else again." 
Giles Coren, The Times, May 2012

"One of the best new restaurants of 2012"
Elle Magazine, Jan 2012

“Restaurant of the Week. A prime destination for Soho folk looking for new kicks.”
Time Out, April 2012.

"Hits the spot. Really rather excellent. We need more places like this"
CITY AM, April 2012

"A gastronomic dream"
Wall Street Journal, April 2012

"This is cuisine with a kick"
Vogue, April 2012

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If in terms of pisco you’ve only ever tried a pisco sour, you might want to check out Ceviche’s bar, which is dedicated to the Peruvian national drink. New cocktails frequently appear on the menu, and they even make their own pisco infusions with fruits and herbs.

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Peruvian cuisine has taken the capital by storm in no small part thanks to this former pop-up, which now has a second branch called Andina in Shoreditch. There’s a lot more on offer than just the dish of raw fish that gives the restaurant its name; share plates of beef heart skewers and corn cakes with feta and avocado, washed down with pisco sours of course.


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"Buzzy Peruvian has great feisty flavours"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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There has been a lot of talk about this new Peruvian restaurant in Soho, mostly thanks to owner Martin Morales Twitter campaign and several introductory pop-ups in 2011. A look at Ceviche’s website reveals this is not cuisine for the fainthearted, as a hotchpotch of African, Creole, Chinese and Latin influences make up the menu.

It’s certainly as noisy as you would want a Latin eatery to be, and it’s barely past 1 pm on a Wednesday. The bar greets one at the entrance, and the dining area is at the back, with tables huddled close together and colourful cult posters filling the walls.

First off, the Pisco Sours are great, frothy, with tangy tequila, egg white and sugar syrup; they make an ideal palate cleanser for the hardcore. Wines are all South American (none from Peru mind) and there is one beer on the menu, the Peruvian Cusqueña, which is a little like lager but with a more malted kick.

Dishes are for sharing, between six and eight are suggested for two people (priced between £7 and £10 means they are not for the faint of wallet either). The first one to arrive is the Alianza Lima ceviche containing “tiger’s milk”, the name given to the fierce lime and chilli marinade that cures the fish and not, thankfully, anything to do with lactating felines. It’s a brilliant first dish; sharp citrus and coriander are perky flavours, and juicy prawns, octopus, squid, plump mussels and chunks of whiting (the fish of the day) absorb the zestiness, complemented by slithers of red onion and plump choclo corn kernels which taste like butter beans.

The “anticuchos”, or grilled marinated meat on skewers are great; the rump steak is smoky and tender, even better is the beef heart, rosy in the middle and deliciously charred on the outside. The accompanying dipping sauces (peppery anticuchera and a mellower chilli-based aji panca respectively) go relatively untouched as it seems perverse to meddle.

“Arroz con pato” is a juicy confit of duck, served on buttery rice cooked in dark beer – although this is imperceptible - with peas and yet more inflated bits of corn. A spongy corn cake made with feta cheese is curiously sweet, we like it, but it may not be to everyone’s palate, while the meaty, braised octopus paired with spicy chorizo is fantastic, and makes us want to never eat octopus done any other way, ever (momentarily at least).

For dessert, a very rich chirimoya mousse (custard apple to me and you) with a dollop of creamy port wine meringue is sprinkled with cinnamon, and more cinnamon flavours the sponge soaked in pisco with sticky dulce de leche and ice cream; both are intense, gloopy and clever.

If you like your food feisty and served in a buzzy restaurant, Ceviche is just the place.

Image: Ceviche Pisco Bar - Credit Photo: Paul Winch-Furness


Leila reviewed Ceviche on Thu 10 May 2012


The Latest User Reviews of Ceviche


User Rating: 9 / 10
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edy727
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Its just opened and have been twice already.. (would have been more, but tough to get a table sometimes)

Great buzzing atmosphere.

Superb food. Ceviche delicate and tasty, the steak and octupus anticuchos - very tender.

the Pisco Sour's and the Pisco Soho were superb. I've had my fare share's of Pisco Sours in Peru - and these are top drawer.

Definitely recommend for a fun night out.

User Rating: 8 / 10
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crazyllama
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As peruvian I had very high expectations for this restaurant, came with 7 other friends which half of them had visited Peru with me so they know how good our food is (and other peruvians too). We weren't dissapointed! the Pisco sours definately the best in London! they compete with some in different restaurants in Lima. The food was very tasty - the best probably the arroz con pato, anticuchos and the quality of the meat (lomo saltado), things they probably need to improve is the tequeños and tiradito (should be more creamy). The staff was really friendly yet nervous,and few things in the menu were not available but is understandable as they are still going through the 'soft opening phase' The only negative comment is the main dishes sizes are not aligned with prices, (choclo - too expensive and rice is extra for lomo saltado) maybe they should check the pricing of Wahaca as an example as we though 50£ pp was a bit steep... Overall we had a great time and food was awesome!! Lucuma ice cream was amazing and even though I never liked suspiro a la limeña, this one with chirimoya was to die for!

Need to go back for picarones!


User Rating: 9 / 10
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GLL
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I had an amazing introduction to Peruvian cuisine at Ceviche. The food was fresh and tasty and what's more, low fat!!!

As for the drinks I drank several pisco sours on Tuesday night and was fully prepared for the mother of hangovers on Wednesday. To my surprise I had a very clear head on Wednesday morning! Good quality alcohol or what.

The team members, who were predominantly Peruvian (I asked), were very engaging and accommodating and with my mixed group of friends, they shifted comfortably between Spanish and English. Having not been so far, this restaurant has firmly put Peru on my travel wish list. Until I can make it to Peru, I've now organised our next office outing to...you guessed it, Ceviche!

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