25 October 2015
lemongrass pisco sour – quite tangy with a gentle fragrance of lemongrass. Luckily the cocktail was not too sugary because I never like sweetness before pudding so it went down well with the two starters.
aubergine picarones (sweet potato and aubergine doughnus with anchiote, coriander yoghurt and peanuts) £5.00 – The aubergines in the slightly bigger pieces were not cooked through and I personally did not like the sauce.
chicharonnes (slow cooked pork belly with sweet soy) £6.00 – if you know what tau yu bak means, then you know what the taste is like, if you don't look here. Tastewise was good, being not too sweet or saltish, but the meat was very tough.
Inca trail – taste quite like mojito with again a gentle spice note from the anise.
mr myagi (salmon tiradito with Nikkei tiger's milk, pomegranate, purple shiso & salmon scratchings £7.00) – lovely and light flavours, it was very much a ladies' dish.
senor ceviche (sea bream and octopus ceviche with aji amarillo tiger's milk, sweet potato purée, avocado, coriander, red onion & tempura baby squid £8.50) – well this tiger's milk is not literally milk from the tiger but is the Peruvian term for citrus based marinade that cures seafood in ceviche. A mixture of crunchy, bouncy texture and all the fishy flavours that are beautiful! But honestly, my favourite was the plantain.
pisco punch – my least favourite cocktail because of the strong rosemary in this. But I can understand why this cocktail was chosen to be paried with the following dishes...
anticucho de corazon (beef heart) – sounds exciting. Nothing gruesome in fact, was skewed elegantly and presented with garnishes with contrasting colours that make it look so enticing. The taste is like a heavy meaty flavour, personally it was my least favourite.
supper pollo (chargrilled chicken with rocotto and piquillo pepper salsa) £8.50 – super moist and super delicious! One of my two favourites for the night!
Nikkei greens (charred broccoli, lettuce and courgette with miso, aji amarillo and pickled garlic sauce) £6.00 – splendid work on the charring of the vegetables which could so easily be burnt. My second favourite!
quinoa (black and white quinoa, baby gem, roasted beetroot, avocado, asparagus, edamame beans, choclo corn & queso) £6.00
Lima espresso martini – I like my coffee hot with no sugar but this cocktail was completely the opposite being cold and a light touch of sweetness. It was a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed very much.
tarta de queso - a passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake with chicha morada syrup