DINNER AT SEÑOR CEVICHE

Remember my Five Restaurant Tour in Victoria a couple of weeks ago?

I made friends there with Sandra and Jamil from eetapp, and last night we arranged to meet for drinks and nibbles at Señor Ceviche, a fab Peruvian-inspired restaurant in the heart of Soho.

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Tucked away down a little side alley on Kingly Road you’ll find Kingly Court. (And when I say tucked away, I mean I walked past the entrance like 6 times before I finally clocked the HUGE neon sign covered in lights…)

Señor Ceviche started out as a pop-up restaurant a couple of years ago and has recently found a permanent base on the first floor of this fairy-grotto.

It’s a beautiful Christmas-fairy-light-covered courtyard, with fantastic restaurants spread over three floors. Look up as you enter the courtyard and OH HEY there’s a lime green wall shining at you.

Which is kind of super-appropriate because the food they serve is inspired by Peruvian cuisine. (GEDDIT? Because Lima is the capital of Peru! Oh never mind…)

Inside, the decor is just as bright, with crazy neon posters, lots of colour and a fab buzzy atmosphere.

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An atmosphere, by the way, that comes from having a totally full restaurant at 6:30pm. On a Wednesday night. Seriously. This place is so popular, that by 7pm ON A WEDNESDAY, the wait for a table was ONE AND A HALF HOURS.

So just make sure you book a table yeah?

We actually didn’t (doh). But cos I was an early bird, I managed to grab a seat at the bar while I waited for the eetapp guys to arrive.

I then also decided to start on the cocktails. (Cos when the barman quite clearly thinks you’ve been stood up by a date, you might as well complete the image and drink alone at the bar right?)

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Pisco is a traditional Peruvian spirit. (I know this because Google.)

Combined with vodka, passion fruit puree, lime juice, gomme syrup and a helluva lot of ice (it’s called Señor’s Frozen Sour for a reason), it makes for a deliciously refreshing tipple.

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Once Sandra and Jamil arrived, we ordered a couple of nibbly dishes to get the party started.

Fried yucas are a kind of potato-style croquette, made with cassava. They came served with an absolutely DELICIOUS sour cream infused with aji panca, a type of chili pepper from Peru (I know this because Google).

I literally finished off that leftover sour cream on it’s own with a spoon. It was so good.

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Then we moved on to the ceviche, which I’d never actually tried before. It’s a (traditionally) seafood-based dish using raw fish cured with citrus juice and spices. So kiiiiind of like a Peruvian sushi… but also kind of NOTHING like sushi.

We ordered the Mercado Mixto, a combination of sea bream and salmon with pisco tiger’s milk, and the Chimbote, a vegetarian-friendly ceviche of fresh veg and passion fruit tiger’s milk.

Both were very light, fragrant and delicious, with super fresh fish in the Mixto.

(Oh and FYI, it’s not actual Tiger’s milk. It’s actually a pretty tasty combination of lime juice, sliced onion, chilis and a bit of fish sauce. It’s the traditional marinade for curing the raw seafood for ceviche.)(I discovered this while trying to find a Google image of someone milking a tiger…)

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Now, I sat and analysed the whole of Señor Ceviche’s menu yesterday afternoon. And the one dish I was determined to get my hands on was the Chifa Chicharrones.

These are GLORIOUS cubes of perfectly cooked, salty pork belly, marinaded in soy sauce and served with a delicious aji panco mayo. Sandra and I both agreed that this was the standout dish of the night.

I could have quite happily eaten an entire bucketful of this on my own, it was THAT good.

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For our next round of cocktails, I just HAD to try their brand new addition (and I mean brand new, it literally launched yesterday!): the Patuso.

Inspired by the adorable Paddington Bear, this bad boy uses MARMALADE as it’s base. Mixed with pink grapefruit, pisco and bunch of other things I can’t remember, it was fruity, citrus-y and really reaaaally good.

Oh and, best way to top off the night?

A walk round the corner and down Carnaby Street to look at the funky Christmas lights!

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I have to admit I liked Señor Ceviche A LOT.

The atmosphere is friendly and the music is fab, but not too loud that you can’t have a conversation.

The menu is DIVINE, with plenty of BBQ meat options for those of you who don’t like seafood. The cocktails are varied and yummy and not too expensive (I mean, they’re standard London prices, so that may seem expensive to some of you!!)

To be honest, I think it’s a pretty awesome date spot!

I feel like we only scratched the surface of this place yesterday, and I’m determined to take Gary back to try out the ribs, beef skewers and Cusco quinoa. (And another round of pork belly. Obviously!)

SEÑOR CEVICHE

Kingly Court
Carnaby Street
London
W1B 5PW

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  • Oh my goodness – I NEED to go to this place! The food looks amazing & those cocktails = WINNER! :)

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    x

    • Definitely Karen! And then let me know what you think!! :D xxx

  • Damn I got excited about Tiger milk….Great post beaut! xxx

  • this looks like an amazing restaurant, thanks for sharing!

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    • You’re very welcome Whitney! I’m so glad you liked it :D xxx

  • Victoria Nightingale

    All the food looks so yummy, and those Christmas lights are so pretty :)

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    • Aren’t they just? It’s literally like walking into a fairy grotto :) xxx

  • I love Pisco Sours! This reminds me of fun times in Peru. :) To be honest, I wasn’t very adventurous when it came to my food (but I deserve brownie points for trekking the Inca Trail, riggggght?).

    SO excited for PP2! Waaaaaaah! <3

    Tara x

    • SO many brownie points!!! :O that’s amaaazing!

      I didn’t try the sour but it’s definitely going on my list to try next time :D xxx

  • Dee

    I was about to say I was wondering where the marmalade would be! haha! That sounds like such a fab bar to go to and now expect to be woo-ed when we meet up! ;) xxx

    • YES. I’ma book us a table for when you’re down :D yaaay! xxx

  • Looks so good! I do love peruvian food, so I need to check it out. So good that the Christmas lights are all up now too – I am working in the city in December so I am definitely going to hunt them all out and I am excited already! x

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    • We should meet up for a drink and some snacks in December one evening Jas! :) I think we’re due a catchup haha xx

      • Yes definitely! And I am based in Holborn for December which is the best!! xx

  • I was in Kingley Court yesterday for lunch, stopped off at The Rum Kitchen. It’s all looking rather festive and pretty round those parts <3 sounds like you had a wonderful evening.

    I am very excited for Pitch Perfect 2, I loved the first one xx

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    • Oooh that was our second option if we couldn’t get a table at Snr Ceviche! Was it good?? :D xxx

      • yes it was very yummy :) xx

  • I’m a huge fan of Cerviche! We do something similar here with Conch (which is a sea mollusk) called Conch Salad – it’s served raw with citrus, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, goat pepper and sometimes celery & cucumber. In recent years they’ve started making a sweeter version that contains fruit. Either way its delicious and a national obsession!

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    • Oooh that sounds AMAZING Kimmy! I’ll have to look up a recipe and see if I can give it a go one day :D xxx

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  • Heather

    MenuSpring app is such a good idea! I’m not 100% convinced by some of those dishes however, I do enjoy a good bit of BBQ meat so maybe it’s more Heather friendly than I thought! Patuso sounds fab though! I am SO excited to see the Christmas lights on Carnaby Street when I’m down next week!

    Heather x
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    • Have you seen the lights yet Heather?! I’m so behind on replying to comments you might have already been haha! :)

      The BBQ meat looked amazing so I’m sure you’d find something you like! xx

      • Heather

        I was down yesterday and my word, all the lights are incredible!!

  • I’ve never been to this particular restaurant but I know I have to try it some day! I love to travel and try different foods so this post is right up my street! Great post <3

    Jessica Anna

    A So Called Beauty Blog | Beauty.Fashion.Lifestyle

    • Definitely give it a shot Jessica Anna!! And let me know what you think if you do go :D xx

  • omg, i have been sharing the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer all over my facebook, cannot wait!!

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    • ISN’T IT ACA-AWESOME!? I’ve watched it like 12 times haha *wink* xx

  • Lucy

    This is a popular restaurant the food looks yummy. A cocktail with marmalade as the base yummy. Glad you had a lovely evening Lucy x

    • The marmalade was totally unexpectedly gorgeous Lucy! :D I really enjoyed it xx

  • Catherine Lux

    Oh. My. Gosh. I need to go here. Everything looks so delicious!!!

    C x
    Lux Life Blog

    • It was amazing Catherine! :D so so delicious and such a great atmosphere! xx