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18 Thayer Street
Riding along on London’s Peruvian bandwagon, this buzzing subterranean spot brings Andean flavours to Marylebone. Pachamama translates as mother Earth, although the shabby-chic interior brings together drawers of family knick-knacks, intricate mirrors and framed photos on grey-toned walls. On a brighter note, the kitchen knows how to present its food, with plates brimming over with bold colour. All items from the menu’s different sections (‘land’, ‘sea’, ‘salads’ etc) are priced roughly the same, so this truly is pick and mix: go for tangy trout ceviche with ‘bleeding’ tiger’s milk (beetroot juice) alongside a plate of miso-coated lamb belly oozing sticky sweetness. We found the Josper-cooked Dexter rib-eye and grilled herb-fed chicken meekly flavoured, although desserts such as moist pumpkin cake are worth ordering. Weekend DJs and a clutch of Pisco cocktails make this a hip, fun night out.
Best South American restaurants in London
18 Thayer Street
020 7935 9393
Bond Street Tube Station 351m
Marble Arch Tube Station 699m
The Wallace Collection 107m
Wigmore Street 141m
Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-12M Sat-Sun 12N-12M (Sun- 10pm)
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Food + drink: 4
A trip to Peru was one of the most memorable holidays I ever undertook. On returning, I lamented for many years how there was a dearth of Peruvian dining options in London. In the last five, however, the city has gone mad for all things culinary from South America. Peru is now represented by the likes of Coya and Ceviche at the high-end to the more informal such as Casita Andina and indeed Pachamama in the mid-market segment. While thoroughly enjoyable, a recent visit to Pachamama yielded nothing new in terms of discovery. This is not to fault the restaurant per se, but it seemed simply to be following an incredibly well-trodden path. Put another way, at Pachamama you get shabby-chic décor, upbeat tunes, sharing dishes and a menu heavy on the obligatory ceviche to eat, pisco cocktails to drink. On the Friday lunchtime when we visited, the venue seemed curiously devoid of atmosphere, even if it did gradually fill up. Noise levels rose as lunch went on, and while I am sure that on a weekend night, things must be pretty happening here, I couldn’t help worrying that the poor acoustics may limit the enjoyment factor for some. Where Pachamama stood out for us – and what would merit a return visit – was simply how good the cooking was. In particular, the restaurant excelled itself in terms of its vegetarian offerings, particularly a fried aubergine dish with smoked yoghurt and pecans as well as one comprising caramelised sweet potato. The other piece of good news is that all dishes are priced fairly (a sirloin at £12 tops the bill), meaning you can choose many. Beyond the vegetable options, spicy tuna tartare and crispy lamb belly also pleased. Marks too to the restaurant for wine (a good list, again fairly priced) and service (friendly and efficient). Conclusion: Pachamama won’t blow you away, but if you’re in the Marylebone area and after Peruvian food, then this is the place to go.
A delicious brunch full of wonder Peruvian flavours. We were brought to one of the high tables close to the bar, which had a lovely atmosphere. The cocktail list and brunch menu arrived and I was very excited about the sweet potato waffles. They did not disappoint! Although felt it could have done with a little bit of a sweet butter to accompany it.
The pork snack that we had was full of fabulous flavor and I left thinking how I could recreate it at home!
My only comment would be that the gin is very overpriced. I was leaning towards ordering a gin, until I saw the price of a serve on my favourite gin was £12 - that is on par with the Shard prices, and the restaurant doesnt quite have the view to justify that.
All in all a great brunch.
Here is my full review on my dinner at Pachamama! http://www.hkpiggyfoodjournal.com/#!French for lunch Peruvian for Dinner/cmbz/9274DCCD-50B9-4471-A950-1AB71ED45CA1
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