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|Address:||31 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JH|
|Tel:||020 7768 0267|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm|
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For a revolutionary food experience Londoners should be flocking here. This place embodies all the ideas of an amazing restaurant, trendy South American food in a great location, stylish interior and an upmarket experience of Peruvian fare but my main critique from my personal experience is the service. For people who are not experienced in Peruvian food language the menu is a little hard to decipher which does add to the intrigue but when I asked our server he didn’t seem to know much about what the dishes encompassed either and the waitress who came over was as solemn faced as they come. I could see this was not the same for all tables though as the table next to us seemed to be enjoying the Carlsberg of waiters. He was joking with them, explaining the dishes and giving helpful recommendations.
Foodwise, I was blown away. It is really exciting to find somewhere with new, delicious flavours and textures and every dish is bursting with both. Seabream Ceviche was wonderfully delicate, Scallop Tiradito was superbly spicy and Suckling Pig was succulent, juicy and flavourful. Be aware the portions are small but they can be forgiven because they have mass loads of quality over quantity here. I did end up having to order two more starters after the main as I was still quite hungry (the perfect excuse to try the incredible raw tuna), then topped it off with the richest looking dessert to fill me up a bit further (well who wouldn’t). Unfortunately they don’t offer side dishes here and in my opinion they are desperately needed. As much as I enjoy the haute cuisine culture, dinners shouldn’t go home feeling empty. Regardless I am a complete sucker for food this marvellous and it would take a lot for me to not go back and try every dish on the menu.