Senor Ceviche

1st Floor Kingly Court, Soho, London

A lively Peruvian restaurant serving dishes with punchy flavours

Our USP - Unique Selling Proposition
"This is London's premier, authentic Peruvian restaurant"
- Senor Ceviche
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Address:1st Floor Kingly Court
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:South American
Nearest Station:Oxford Circus
Opening Hours:

Lunch & Dinner served daily
Dress Code:relaxed

About: The team behind Señor Ceviche has been running hugely successful pop-up restaurants for a while now, but here we have their permanent, much anticipated restaurant right in the heart of London. Capitalising on the latest trend that is sharing plates, Señor Ceviche brings tapas style dishes of fresh ceviche, Peruvian street food and smoking BBQ to the table, all washed down with heady Pisco cocktails and ice cold Peruvian beers.

Señor Ceviche has its roots back in 2012 when owner Harry Edmeades literally popped-up on London's streets offering a menu of just five ceviche dishes and his now-signature Pisco Sour. Takeovers at The Art Cellar, The Doodle Bar and Dukebox followed as did stints at some of Lima's top restaurants which he used to learn the cuisine inside out and back to front. This experience and knowledge, coupled with a tireless ambition to search out the very best and most authentic ingredients that Peru has to offer, have culminated in the opening of his very own, permanent restaurant dedicated to a true Peruvian experience.

It's feiry, it's exciting, it's colourful and it's Peruvian; walk inside and feel yourself be transported to the lively streets around Barranco, Lima's favourite party district!

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Pop-ups to permanent
Up until four years ago Peruvian food was practically unheard of over here, but with a strong street food tradition and stronger drinks such as the pisco sour it was only a matter of time before it arrived with a bang. Señor Ceviche began popping up at nightclubs, bars and cultural events until taking the plunge last year with a colourful venue on Kingly Court. Naturally the main draw are the ceviches, but don’t miss barbecue specialities like beef anticuchos (skewers) and the 12-hour slow cooked Pachamanca pork rib.

"A lively Peruvian restaurant serving dishes with punchy flavours"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Over the last few years Kingly Court has transformed into a three-storey food court. It's yet another foodie mecca that includes Pizza Pilgrims, ramen joint Shoryu Carnaby, and the Americans Stax Diner and Dirty Bones.

Here you'll also find Señor Ceviche, a Peruvian pop-up turned permanent eatery. The decor is bright and cheerful, with posters the owner brought back from Lima, where he spent time cooking at a famous ceviche restaurant. On the night we visit it's extremely busy - we overhear a couple in front of us without a reservation being told there's at least an hour's waiting time. Thankfully there's a pisco bar serving cocktails.

Dishes are for sharing, the stars of course are the ceviches. The signature Señor Ceviche has soft chunks of octopus and crispy squid plus pieces of sea bream which have completely absorbed the tiger's milk - the zingy Peruvian dressing. It's an explosion of lemon, coriander and pepper that makes our lips tingle, balanced with pieces of avocado and sweet potato puree. The Spaniard has sea bream and king prawns, and swaps zest for piquancy with chorizo.

Anticuchos are grilled tender beef hearts on skewers, with creamy sweet potato mayonnaise, shredded pickled red cabbage and chopped salted black olives on the side. The other meat dish we get is a delicious flat iron steak, marinated in papaya and sliced to reveal a ruby red colour on the inside. It's served with uchucuta sauce, made with parsley, mint and coriander.

Rich quinoa and cheddar croquettes come with a lightly tangy pineapple salsa. The Nikkei pulpo is fantastic - grilled tentacles of perfectly tender octopus with the famous South American chimichurri sauce, here a particularly briny version, with another helping of sweet potato puree.

For dessert the dulce de leche ice cream is drizzled with gloopy caramel and dotted with toasted pecans. Passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake has a soft biscuit base, and comes with chicha morada, a corn-based juice usually used for cocktails but here made into a syrup to complement the pud.

In terms of drinks we try the classic pisco sour, a lovely version flavoured with elderflower, others have passionfruit and spiced pineapple.

It's a lively little pit-stop - go if you like punchy flavours and a buzzy atmosphere.

Leila reviewed Senor Ceviche on Thu 28 Jul 2016
Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review

"Top marks for being a fun, friendly and exciting place"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Just a week after opening a permanent location (the pop up was very popular) Senor Ceviche was positively buzzing on Thursday evening. Mind you, with the huge number of young people piling into Kingly Court (accessed through a discrete doorway from Kingly Street that opens into a wonderful atrium courtyard with restaurants, bars and shops on three levels – there are lifts providing access to the upper levels) it would be hard for any venue here not to be busy.

The frontage is brightly coloured and the large windows open onto the terrace walk-way which makes it feel an integral part of the scene – although it is quite dark inside.

People were mostly in their 20s and 30s and the Soho tribe were noticeable by their presence. My companion and I felt we were probably two or three decades too old to fully appreciate the lively ambience and the loud music which included Motown and dance hits (we were surprised there wasn’t a more Latin feel).

There’s a small bar in one corner and some folk were eating up at a kitchen bar. We sat at one of the tables which are packed together adding to the informal and friendly feel of the place. The staff – a mixture of London locals and those of Latin origin – were utterly pleasant, friendly and welcoming. Attentive too.

They offered help immediately with the menus printed on the place mats – suggesting that we should order two to three dishes each and that they would be served in a random manner a bit like tapas. There was plenty of water provided and we enjoyed a couple of glasses of Soave (£6) although bottles of wine were reasonably priced.

There were a few stand out dishes:

Para Pica
Yucas – crispy fried cassava with garlic sour cream (£4)
Chifa Chicharonnes – crispy pork belly cubes with a sweet soy sauce (£6.50)
Jale mixto with jalepeno tiger’s milk – the few pieces of baby squid tempura were good (£6.50)

Peruvian Barbeque
Flat iron anticuchos – beautifully cooked slices of tender beef on skewers (£8)
Tamarind BBQ chicken anticuchos – sticky, tangy sauce on skewers of chicken (£7.50)
(However, my companion commented that the chicken wings (£5) were disappointing).

The cusco quinoa salad of roasted vegetables, edamame beads, giant corn and crumbled queso (£6.5) was probably my favourite dish overall and I shall recommend it to my friends who are into low carb, healthy eating.

Whilst we tried a few of the ceviche and tiradito dishes (e.g. sea bream with avocado - £8, Chimbote – sweet potato, asparagus, avocado and red onion - £7) they used fresh and light ingredients but most were similar in flavour. My companion, who has tasted a lot of ceviche, suggested that the dishes were probably designed for the more Western palate. The patatas fritas with huancaina and tomato fondu (£4) was served as a large portion but appeared and tasted like fast food fries. And they arrived quite late in the meal so had to be eaten on their own.

So. Top marks for being a fun, friendly and exciting place that’s great for young folk to gather and share. But as the portion sizes are generally small, you’d need to buy quite a few more than recommended if you were hungry which might make it relatively expensive compared to similar establishments.

KimT reviewed Senor Ceviche on Tue 04 Nov 2014

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