Fusion, Japanese, Peruvian, South American, Sushi·

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££££ - £30 - £49
Fusion, Japanese, Peruvian, South American, Sushi
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Takeaway service
Cosy, Dark and moody, Lively, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Live music or dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
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About Ayllu

Hidden beneath Smiths Bar & Grill, away from busy Paddington Central, Ayllu is a swanky Peruvian restaurant serving traditional dishes also influenced by the flavours and aromas of Japan.

Taking its name from a historical Peruvian group of families called the Ayllu, this contemporary restaurant is all about sharing fresh plates of food in a cool but cosy setting.

Ayllu’s decor is chic through and through, with the walls and plush leather booths all done up in dark green. Oversized pendant light bulbs hang from the ceiling at one end of the room and at the other glows a backlit bar stacked with a huge array of spirits.

The menu is full of classic Peruvian fusion dishes and begins with small plates such as guacamole served with prawn crackers and corn tortillas, pork bao buns, and croquetas de pescados served with a hot chilli mayo. These are followed by a selection of traditional South American dishes such as tiraditos, anticuchos, tacos and ceviches.

Larger plates include seafood dishes such as grilled octopus glazed with teriyaki sauce and served on a corn purée, and a whole sea bream marinated in mirin. There are also meatier offerings available including baby chicken, served with grilled vegetables, coriander and a mint aioli, as well as spiced picanha – a fatty cut of beef which is particularly popular in South America. For dessert, expect favourites such as churros and baked cheesecake.

The drinks offering at Ayllu is just as central to the restaurant as the food and is predominantly focused around cocktails. Unusual concoctions include the Red Hot Chilli Pepper which combines mescal with Grand Marnier, sours and jalapeno syrup, and also a couple of beer-based cocktails, one of which pairs Corona with mango syrup and chai tea. If you’re looking for something a little more classic, there’s also the option to share a jug of sangria.


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Ayllu?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Ayllu.

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Can you book Ayllu?

Yes, we strongly recommend booking Ayllu, this can be done online or by phone.

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What time is Bottomless Brunch at Ayllu?

Bottomless Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 5pm.

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25 Sheldon Square, Paddington, London, W2 6EY

0208 054 0385


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:00


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1 Review 

Sam H

02 July 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
My favourite restaurant in London!

Absolutely love the food, vibe and decor at Ayllu. I had dinner and drinks here on the weekend where they had a DJ which really livened the ambiance. The moody lighting makes for a very romantic setting and a perfect date spot. We had a few different sharing plates that the waiter kindly recommended, and all were delicious, I especially enjoyed the cerviche sushi roll and the lomo saltado. We noticed they have a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays so we'll be returning for that very soon.

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