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|Address:||17 Frith Street, London W1D 4RG|
|Tel:||020 7292 2040|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £42.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.30PM (Sun -10.15pm)|
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Fellow Soho food scene enthusiasts will vouch that a – sans reservations Soho dinner gamble – is a test of patience, elbow sharpness and relatively decent fitness. To get a table you must first survive around the block queues, rain or shine, to then add your name on a bottomless waiting list.
Stumbling into Ceviche at prime-time 19:30 on a weekday, tails between our legs we hoped to be fed, preferably that evening. Tables were full so we were squeezed onto the bar which has a lively atmosphere of bartenders mixing fruity Pisco cocktails and chefs preparing ceviche. We must have had large question marks imprinted on our foreheads whilst reading the menu filled with contemporary Peruvian dishes – charming bartender to the rescue recommending his must-try dishes. A few ceviche’s later our taste buds were dancing from fresh notes of citrusy lime marinated raw fish.
Servers were attentive and brought our food promptly – dishes served when ready and soon our table was full of plates. Ceviche means business, each dish beautifully presented with hints of color. Always an added pleasure, to quote a cliché (but oh so true), we eat with our eyes. Causa Pescado – Filet of coley, avocado and coriander layered with a cool smooth potato cake with a rocoto mayo – perfect start to the meal. Chacalon – Mushroom and sweet potato ceviche with red onion in a passion fruit amarillo tiger’s milk – this was refreshing but as a rule of thumb, ceviche always best with fish. Sea Bass Don Ceviche – their most famous ceviche and rightly so.
Our agreed three favourite ceviches are the Don Ceviche, Drunken Scallops and the mixed Allizana Lima. But we cannot forget the two mains. Pulpo – braised octopus marinated in coriander with chorizo chunks served with warm creamed quinoa and dipping sauce- intense, rich skewer with a kick dipped in a fresh, garlicky sauce. Peruvian Corncake – choclo corn and and queso fresco vegetarian cake- had a delicious sweetness and fluffy consistency complimenting the smokiness of the Pulpo chorizo beautifully. Combination worth drooling over.
Celebrating the joys of authentic Peruvian cuisine, Ceviche is an intimate dinner setting with friendly staff and vivacious bar. Perfect for a first date – and if your date is a quiet, the food will guaranteed get the conversation flowing. Chill at the bar to get a front row seat of chef's plating fresh ceviche and mixing Pisco’s. That's where you will find me, I am coming back for thirds.