Crudo is a small, London-based chain with a smattering of restaurants across the capital. While its name is rising in renown, the vibe remains independent with each branch offering a unique twist across its menu, libations and decor.
Crudo's concept is rooted in traditional Peruvian cuisine, while taking inspiration from all over Latin America. Menus are generally brimming with a mix of snacks and small plates, perfect for sharing with a group. Alongside this, Crudo has a sister wine brand, Tiny Wine, which specialises in curating lesser-known grapes and styles, so, each restaurant acts as part wine bar, too.
The Fitzrovia branch benefits from a fantastic location just minutes from Goodge Street. Here, in the thick of the Bloomsbury Group's stomping ground you're well placed to browse the book shops and boutiques, or head to one of the many neighbouring bars afterwards.
Inside, the decor is modern and minimalist. The intimate space has a glass facade which floods the place with natural light, complementing the earthy colours and materials used. Plenty of plants and Scandi-inspired design touches make it a great spot for a quick lunch or dinner de-brief with your besties.
The menu kicks off with some tasty-sounding snacks such as tequila pickled cucumber sunomono next to edamame hummus, crispy quinoa and corn tortilla chips. With a special focus on ceviche, you'll find dishes like salmon, ponzu leche de tigre, edamame and nori seaweed, alongside mixto, sea bass, prawn, octopus, spicy bloody mary sauce and avocado.
There's also a selection of tiraditos including octopus, Peruvian criolla sauce, lime and La Vera valley smoked paprika. When it comes to tipples, the cocktails sound amazing, especially the Smoky Jalapeño Paloma with Momento Verde Mezcal, jalapeño, pink grapefruit and lime.