Bars, South American·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Paladar

Silver Award

Elephant & Castle isn’t the most foodie corner of SE1, but this Latin American restaurant, wine bar and bodega is a real local gem. First impressions might not be particularly inviting (the dark green tablecloths are especially jarring), but the room is livened up by a beautiful  mural which covers an entire wall, while the menu ticks trend boxes with an entirely gluten-free offering. We’d recommend four to five sharing plates between two, starting with the likes of golden empanadas stuffed with stringy beef brisket and livened up with a chilli sauce boasting subtle hints of coriander. Elsewhere, cubes of crispy pork belly with a sriracha and chilli reduction impress, while plump prawns are served on miniature blue corn tortillas and drenched in a vibrant mango salsa.

Star billing, however, must go to a dish of octopus tentacles sitting on top of tempura breadfruit, shreds of sugary-sweet candied lime, and sharp pickled watermelon: a mouth-puckering delight. Cinnamon-dusted blue corn churros are another must-order, liberally dipped into pots of coffee dulce de leche and warm chocolate sauce. Friendly staff and a clued-up sommelier happy to chat about the South American wine list are further pluses at an impressive newcomer that deserves an audience beyond the Elephant.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Bars, South American
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Chef’s table, Dog friendly, Live music or dancing
Perfect for
Child friendly, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating


Paladar is a vibrant Latin-American restaurant and bar in Elephant and Castle serving fresh food and innovative cocktails inspired by the flavours of South America. Boasting beautiful indoor and outdoor areas, plus an ever-changing range of weekly offers, this fun spot is perfect for casual dining all year round. More than just a restaurant, Paladar is also an art gallery and showcases up-and-coming Latin American artists – with all works available to buy. A perk for both the creator and the diner, there’s always something new to see at this forward-thinking spot.

There are four distinct dining areas at Paladar, including the main dining room, the chef’s table (a semi-private space available to hire), the courtyard garden and the front terrace. The main area is light, airy and spacious, and it’s here where diners can admire the beautiful artworks on the walls. While the pretty courtyard is popular during the warmer months, boasting twinkling lights, alfresco tables and shades and fans to protect guests from the sun. It also has infra-red heaters so diners can make use of the area in the winter, too.

Alongside the daily menu is a tasting offering and a set lunch option. The regular menu features an array of nibbles and sharing dishes which span meat, fish and vegetables. You might start with the likes of green plantain crisps with taquero guacamole, or shredded chicken empanadas with chilli salsa. Larger dishes, meanwhile, include grilled octopus with ají panca and tomato purée, Andean potatoes and mint sauce, seabass ceviche with coconut tiger’s milk and toasted coconut flakes, and grilled chicken thighs with plantain and pineapple mofongo and Guasacaca sauce. To finish, don’t miss the purple corn churros with chocolate and ancho chilli sauce.

A range of dessert wines and dessert cocktails are also on offer to round off your meal. While the wine list features bottles from Peru, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico.


Can I book Paladar?

Yes, booking Paladar is recommended. However, tables at the terrace at the front of the restaurant are kept for walk-in customers.

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Does Paladar have vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, Paladar has multiple vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes.

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Does Paladar have gluten-free options?

Yes, all of Paladar's food is 100% gluten-free.

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This venue also offers

Private Group Dining


Christmas Parties


Videos and 360 tours

Paladar Virtual Tour


4-5 London Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6JZ

020 7186 5555 020 7186 5555


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:45
Wed 12:00-14:45
Thu 12:00-14:45
Fri 12:00-14:45
Sat 12:30-16:30
Sun 12:30-16:30
Mon 17:00-21:30
Tue 17:00-21:30
Wed 17:00-21:30
Thu 17:00-21:30
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:00-20:00


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1 Review 

Toni E

09 June 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
A wonderful little surprise

My partner and I ended up going to Paladar because it popped up on a list of best places to eat in Chiswick (?!) and we didn't think to check its location before we booked a table. I am so pleased we ventured over to Elephant and Castle for this little treat. The food was incredible and the flavour profiles used were classic but absolutely knock out. 

My personal favourite dish was the plantain. They hit the nail on the head with the combo of sweet,salty, sour with this dish and my mouth is currently watering thing about it. My partner's favourite was the prawns, which were cooked to complete perfection. Whilst they were our favourite dishes, neither choice was an easy decision because everything was so nice.  I haven't been out for such a nice meal in a really long time and it was made all the better for finding the restaurant by complete accident. 

The service was great and prompt and all the food came out quickly. The food was on the pricier side, but certainly not break the bank worthy and so worth it for the food we ate!


If you're ever in that part of the world and want something a bit different, I wholeheartedly recommend paladar. 

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