Pachamama Marylebone

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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.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch
Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating


18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JY

020 7935 9393


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-12M Sat-Sun 12N-12M (Sun- 10pm)


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12 Reviews 

Kate Z

22 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Worth trying

There was 3 of us, we decided to go for tasting menu. All food was good but not sure we actually received 3 portions of everything. Good wine and service. Music to loud but overall good experience.

Aneka S

29 March 2019  
Ambiance: Amazing - great vibe, busy but not too busy, fun music Service: Faultless - staff are friendly, helpful, non-intrusive but give great recommendations. Drink: Best pisco sours in London and the bar tenders make each cocktail with a lot of care. They really know what they are talking about! Food: Sensational - in my opinion, better than the well-renowned Coya, the ceviche and the smoked cheddar taquenos is a can't miss Value: It's not inexpensive but totally worth the price in my opinion. Keeps me going back!

Alex G

26 March 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 4.5
Well-trodden path
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.

Emma O

08 January 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Great, tasty and healthy brunch (apart from the bubbles)
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.

Kristy B

15 June 2017  
Refreshingly casual and buzzy atmosphere where service is not sacrificed. Straight-forward and delicious menu without too hefty a price tag. I often recommend it for anyone looking for something that will impress without being over-the-top or appearing indulgent.

Nicki P

15 June 2017  
Amazing, fresh Peruvian food. Love everything about it.

Erica M

18 May 2016  
Like all buried treasure, the place was hard to find and underground, but well worth the effort. A very welcome team found us a table in a "distressed" dining area and helpfully talked us through the delicious menu, and helped us chose a fantastic tapas style selection of Peruvian based foods. We always go back for the fish in tigers milk, and the crispy lamb, but having tried the entire menu, I can honestly say that there are no poor dishes available. Even the veggi options are great. Along with the food, there is a delicious selections of cocktails as well as the expected beers, soft drinks etc. From a value point of view, we can have a fabulous meal for 2 for around £70 depending on how much we drink!

Cardy C

24 June 2015  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
French for lunch Peruvian for Dinner
Here is my full review on my dinner at Pachamama!!French for lunch Peruvian for Dinner/cmbz/9274DCCD-50B9-4471-A950-1AB71ED45CA1

Monika S

12 May 2015  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
I had to organize our ladies supper club and chose Pachamama, good central chi chi location (Marylebone, short walk from Bond st),lots of healthy punchy ceviche and pisco sours in a cool basement den, all boxes ticked. There are quite a few Peruvian hotspots already in London e.g. Coya and Ceviche, so we know London likes the taste of darkest Peru. The venue has that shabby chic thing going on, a bit like an upmarket favela chic (now closed brazilian restaurant/club in on Old street). Pisco sours were not for me though, v brandy like but had a great kick. The bartender kindly made me an apple martini equivalent. We ordered the party menu, partly due to laziness and partly due to the slight unknown in ingredients and dishes. Scallop 'sudada', Aji truffles, ahi panca idea! Anyway, we lucked out with a never ending feast of small exciting, beautifully presented dishes with completely novel flavours, which can be hard in London. Highlights include salty spicy padron peppers, sticky sweet crispy lamb belly, quinoa like you have never had before as a savoury dish and as ice cream wow and double wow. Cornish sea bass in tigers milk was a velvety ceviche, although i still don't know what tigers milk is. The waiters were a little clueless on the dishes and said we were eating monkfish although it was definitely chicken. I will forgive this, as the head guy was wonderful and very accommodating and even provided caffeine free espresso martinis for one of my jaded party animal friends. Prices can add up with alcohol etc but reasonable for London. I dare you to tantalise those tastebuds in pachamama, a new favourite for me.

Richard E

23 December 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 2
Value 4.5
Paddington Bear goes to the disco
It isn't often that, on arriving at a restaurant, you are offered a choice of seating that is either by the noisy table or by the baby. I generally find a baby at a table guarantees noise, noise that the graceless parents ignore as it is their one night out. Well spare me, but you should have thought of that before you chose to breed. Anyway, given the other restaurant truth that tables of eight or more make more noise than a dozen tables of four, the baby it was who had the joy of our company at a pre-Christmas bash. I'd tried to get a table a few weeks before and had one of this bizarre exchanges that make London life so much fun. The conversation went something like: Me: could I get a table for two at 8.00 next Wednesday please? Restaurant: no, we don't have any tables available at that time. Me: ok, how about 9.00? Restaurant: no, we don't have any tables available at that time. Me: oh; so when do you have a table available that evening? Restaurant: we're fully booked. Me: click (not me saying that, just the sound of me hanging up). So we did get in, and it was a Thursday night, and there was a DJ. And a baby. And lots of groups of junior execs taking their PAs out for a pre-Christmas piss-up, getting them pissed with the piscos. So the atmosphere wasn't quite what I was after, but everything else was actually pretty good: the greeter did suggest baby over noise, and she was right, although she couldn't (or at least wouldn't) get the thumping bass turned down to just an annoying thump rather than the full on Hacienda levels (yes, yes; I know I'm showing my age with both the request and the reference, but tough). The food is actually pretty good, although portion size is minuscule: the suggested five sharing plates for the four of us may have been fine for the Victoria's Secrets models strutting their stuff in Bond Street that eve, but four strapping oldies, the male members of the group of which have very impressive girths, scoff at such ideas, meaning that a full ten dishes passed our way, none of which was anything other than very good. And the food is good; crispy lamb belly; scallops (two portions); yellowtail; purple spuds (no disrespect to the octopus, which I'm sure was excellent too, but one of our party had been poisoned on a French exchange whilst young and is still traumatised by the poor cephalods) - it was all top notch. Spicy, tasty and tiny portions. I'd certainly go back, but when the DJ has gone back to Ibiza and the PAs have been packed off back to Essex.
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