With a new job there was a new wardrobe to buy, which meant only one thing: a weekend of shopping with mum! Eager to have a seat and rest our weary feet (and wallets), we wandered down some stairs to find a little hidden gem.. Brunch at Pachamama!
I don’t know if anyone else finds this, but there’s something so refreshing about rosé wine in the summer. Eager to cool off and relax we ordered a couple of glasses of rosé to say cheers to our purchases!
Pachamama is a Peruvian restaurant, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, and one that has been on my list for a while. The main menu focuses on fresh seafood, flavoursome vegetables and creating dishes that are perfect for sharing.
The bar is focused on Peru’s national spirit, Pisco! As I was with mum I didn’t get to sample my favourite Pisco sour, but I’d really love to go back for a date night, so I’ll definitely be trying one then!
I was immediately struck by the cool, chic decor of Pachamama with its eclectic bar and simple wooden tables. Around us there were other mama-daughter lunches, couples and groups of friends, and I could easily see myself being a part of any of those combinations.
Brunch at Pachamama is focused around one thing: waffles! There’s the option of 3 sweet and 3 savoury waffles, all made on either a quinoa or sweet potato batter. If you’re also looking for some Pachamama favourites, they also serve a reduced main menu, including ceviche and some delicious Peruvian snacks.
We started with some crab and yuca churros, which were perfectly light and utterly moreish. I loved the twist on the classic sweet churros and thought it worked very well. I was expecting them to be warm, however, so was a little surprised when they weren’t!
Keen to try some ceviche, we ordered the salmon tiradito served with beetroot and avocado. I loved this dish; with the fresh, juicy smoked salmon and the avocado puree it was a great, fresh ceviche. I’m not a huge beetroot fan so left that for mum, but she loved the earthy taste that it added to the dish.
After our brunch starters, our beautiful waffles arrived. We were both in the mood for savoury, though I saw the sweet options and they were stunning. As always, mum and I couldn’t decide between two options and so ordered two to share.
The first was a sweet potato base with beetroot cured smoked salmon, avocado and a beautifully poached egg.
We both enjoyed the texture of the waffle and really enjoyed how different it was. The salmon itself was beautifully cured and the egg was just as runny as we wanted.
The waffles were much more substantial than we had expected and to be honest, we probably didn’t need our snacks to start!
Our other waffle was the quinoa base; though there wasn’t much difference in texture I preferred the flavour of the quinoa. For me, it isn’t brunch without bacon, so I couldn’t resist the smoked bacon, free-range fried egg served with yacon syrup.
Beautifully crisp bacon, with another excellent poached egg, this waffle, too, was just as we had wanted.
Suitably fueled, we headed back to the shops to finish what we had started! I really enjoyed our brunch at Pachamama but I’d like to come back for a casual date night and experience their full menu. And, Pachamama now has a new sister, Chicama! Chicama is a seafood restaurant that I really have my eye on for a date night, soon!
The perfect brunch with mama!
18 Thayer Street
We were guests of Pachamama.