When trend-watchers predicted five years ago that Peruvian food would be the ‘next big thing’, few believed the hype. Then Ceviche Soho shimmied onto the scene and suddenly anyone who was anyone was toasting founder Martin Morales with Pisco Sours, and talking airily about causas and anticuchos. Five years on, Peruvian restaurants light up boroughs all over London, and ceviche is a commonplace (yet still thrilling) sight on menus.
On the evening of Thursday 16 March, the original ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, Ceviche Soho, will celebrate five years in the biz in typical fiesta style, with its celeb-chef Ceviche Challenge. The seven participants – who include Oklava’s Selin Kiazim, Temper’s Neil Rankin, The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen and Salt Yard’s Ben Tish – are all keen to put their twist on Peru’s signature dish. The best efforts, voted for by diners on the night, will feature as guest ceviches on the restaurant’s menu for the following month, with £1 from every order donated to Peruvian charity Amantani.
Tickets to Ceviche’s fifth birthday party on Thursday 16 March cost £38, including tasting spoons of all seven guest ceviches, a trio of Ceviche signatures, one of the restaurant’s classic main dishes, side dishes and dessert. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 7292 2040 or visit Ceviche Soho’s website.