Having spent a wonderful few hours sampling snacks from around the world and Cava at the South Bank food market on Saturday afternoon we wandered home and came upon Ceviche in Old Street.
It’s located in the old Alexandra Trust dining rooms and has a bodegas style feel.
The first things I noticed on entry are the art deco style lights and the deep brown wooden bar, which envelopes the room where the cocktail waiters pour Pisco sours by the dozen….too frothy and inviting.
The relaxed and informal feel makes you feel instantly relaxed, a place where you go to meet friends and chatter the night away. There is a real buzz with lots of Spanish speaking people. Unsurprising for a Peruvian kitchen.
We were greeted by a Spanish speaking waiter that looked just like Mick Hucknall. He proceeded to explain the menu to me in Spanish to which (to my shame) all I could say was “no hablo espanol”.
The menu is for sharing and he explained that we needed to have a few dishes each, which gave us an excuse to graze the entire menu leisurely between us.
The menu contains interesting ingredients from the slightly quirky to the adventurous. We ordered the Tequenos de Aji de Gallinas, Guava and Chard Tequenos, Torreja de Sesos (lambs brains fritters), which were all delicious. The Jalea Mixta (mixed fried fish) had a good kick with the chilli tartare and the Yucas were moreish. There was an array ofdips and salsas, with hot and smokey flavours to accompany each of the dishes.
Having tried a lot of the fried food we decided to go for a healthy option – the Ensalada Sierra. Its appearance was more akin to a desert, very colourful, fresh flavours and wholesome tasting. If you are into quinoa then this is for you.
The place hots up after nine-ish with groups of people meeting friends or late-night dinner parties.
As for the drinks, I think I still prefer an old-fashioned tequila based margarita, but the pisco one wasn’t too bad.
Next time we must try the ceviche.
Ceviche Old Street, 2 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU