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Under £10 - Pisco bar at Ceviche

Perusing the Peruvians

Written by . Published on June 23rd 2012.

Under £10 - Pisco bar at Ceviche

 Put out of your mind any ideas you may have about Peru and llamas, mountains and grannies dressed in primary coloured tablecloths and flat hats.

Ceviche is cool, slick, hipster, diner put together with admirable attention to details by the talented Martin Morales. The restaurant itself is booked up a couple of weeks ahead but you can fall into the cute little front-end piscos bar without notice and split your attention between cocktails and the cold bar even when the main kitchen is closed.

Check the soups out in particular if you have a chance as being something Morales himself is especially proud.

It is a tight squeeze for a £10 but you can just about make it for some of the dishes that the photos show up well – hand made to order and in the hot summer days (as and when) ceviche is welcomely vibrant.


The Don’s ceviche is seabass but this one in the picture is Alianza Lima – a mix of seabass, prawns, squid and the trademark tiger’s milk which is in fact just the marinating lime juice spiked with chilli.

There is also the cutely named Barranco I love You – Barranco is a district in Lima – seabass with amarilla and aji  chillis, and green mango.

The salads too come in at around £5 or less for some zippy creations like this assemblage of quinoa with tomatoes, butter beans and a base of avocado and a lightly chilli vinaigrette – they use quite a few different kinds of chilli here but not in any over the top way.

Ceviche4Ceviche - bet you never saw a prawn cocktail likethis before...

Cause Mar is a very fancy looking pile of prawn cocktail, friend squid on a potato cake with a squirt of garlic and fresh cheese based Huancaina sauce to the side – if you remember all those prawn cocktails you have ever seen in your life at receptions, then this will feel like you just graduated.

A great little place that started as a pop-up in Martin’s front room thanks to a few speculative conversations on Twitter and is refreshingly showcasing a fascinating new (for London) cuisine. Keep it quiet, because it is very good.

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