Tostado 1

16a St Anne's Court , London, W1F 0BG

1 reviews

South American Soho

  • Tostado London Restaurant Soho
  • Tostado London Restaurant Soho

SquareMeal Review of Tostado

Tostado brings the little-explored cuisine of Ecuador to London’s West End. Named after a type of Ecuadorian corn, Tostado specialises in ceviches. The rough-and-ready interior is all white brick walls, low-lighting and elbow-to-elbow wooden tables, while the food is designed to evoke the flavours of Ecuador. Starters include sancocho (beef soup) and prawn ceviche, followed by small plates of lentil stew, fried plantain or perhaps a chorizo platter. For bigger appetites, there’s flat iron steak and oven-baked salmon, also with plantain. Finish with sugary treats such as figs in pure cane syrup with white cheese, or hot chocolate fudge and cream. The wine list takes in Spanish, English and Chilean sips, while there are fresh juices and smoothies too.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Richard E. platinum reviewer 09 June 2015

Raymond Blanc once said that the difference between the English and the French as that we see a rabbit as a pet, whilst the French see it as food. The Ecuadorian's may like to keep an Australian (alleged) sex offender as a pet in their London Embassy, but to them a guinea pig is food. It is a shame, therefore, that it is not on the menu at this new Ecuadorian venture in Soho, as it is really rather good: like a suckling pig in both taste and texture. This delicacy aside (the lack of it on the menu has something to do with not being able to import them apparently), the rest of the menu is as authentically Ecuadorian as you could wish for. The ceviches are large, with big chunks of fish and bold flavours and some lovely plantain crisps to go with them. Of the small plates that we tried, the bean stew was excellent, but the aubergine and potato had too much of the latter and not enough of the former. A main course of salmon with plantain was perfectly nice too, although one thing to note is that portion size here is US, rather than more restrained European, style, so over-ordering is easy to do (the table next to us got a couple of the over-ordered dishes boxed up as a takeaway). Service is friendly, if a little slow and haphazard; by the time we left we were all the Ecuadorian waitresses' friends, as she chatted to us about home and how she found herself to be in London. The place itself is in a cut-through between Wardour and Dean Streets, one that you probably wouldn't have walked down after dark a few years back. On a quite Sunday afternoon, sitting at the bar overlooking this throwback to Soho's seedier past is quite fun: the down and outs are now outnumbered by the gawping tourists, with selfie sticks and Boris Bikes more likely to be seen than a drug deal or a paid for exchange of bodily fluids. To be honest, it is never going to take Soho's crown for best restaurant, but it is cheap, fun, the food is good and the service warm, which is pretty much the formula for the successful neighbourhood restaurant that this should be.

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