With so many restaurants in London, and even more opening every week, it can sometimes be difficult to find a casual date night or girls’ night venue that you want to return to gain and again. But for me, and I know for other foodies, Señor Ceviche hits the spot every time. I’d been a couple of times before, but never with my camera and so when Andy asked where I wanted him to take me for a fun date night I had just the answer…
Señor Ceviche is a Peruvian restaurant and Pisco cocktail bar in Kingly Court, Soho. Kingly Court is a gem of an area as it’s also home to Oka, Pizza Pilgrims and Cahoots. I have a soft spot in my life for a really good Pisco sour and so couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy our date night than with a few Pisco sours and some delicious sharing style Peruvian food!
Feeling quite indulgent the first sharing dish we ordered was the aubergine picarones: sweet potato and aubergine doughnuts with aioli & roasted peanuts. I love the crisp outer, with deliciously soft aubergine in the centre and finished off with just the right amount of aioli and peanuts.
The restaurant itself has a great relaxed vibe and fun feel to it – though at the weekends I put that down to the excellent Pisco sours being enjoyed by everyone that we could see! I could easily see myself here with a group of girls or recommending the casa to a friend looking for a date night venue.
Next to arrive were the Chicharonne Sanguchitos; crispy pork belly buns with Peruvian hot sauce, sweet potato puree, tarragon mayo & salsa criolla. After the aubergine picarones I went bun-less but I love the tender pork with the perfect amount of kick from the hot sauce (when I then needed toned down with the tarragon mayo!)
For me, there are a few staple dishes that must be ordered at Señor Ceviche, one of which is the Chicharonne de calamar (crispy baby squid served with japalpeño mayo)
The batter could have been slightly lighter, but I still love the texture of the fish, as well as the zesty flavour of the batter which was heightened after a splash of lime juice. I’m not normally a mayo fan at all, but there’s something about the combination of the calamares and this mayo which is pretty darn spectacular.
Which is why, for me, it’s a Señor Ceviche staple!
It’s not a Peruvian meal if it doesn’t include some ceviche, which, as you might have guessed from the name of the restaurant, is a specialty at la casa. For me, it’s got to be either the Clasico or the Señor Ceviche, the later which won me over that night.
Sea bream and octopus ceviche with aji amarillo tiger’s milk, sweet potato puree, avocado, coriander, red onion & crispy baby squid makes the most vibrant combination of flavours which I always polish off.
Back to the restaurant: expect rustic wooden tables, benches and high bar stools that all add to the laid back, cool feel of the this particular casa. It’s certainly not a white table cloth restaurant, but the dishes are some of the best Peruvian dishes I’ve had in London.
Our final larger dish was the Pachamanca pork ribs, served with perfectly sticky yakiniku sauce and utterly moreish peanuts.
It was a bit of a fight for the last rib these were so good…
And if you speak to anyone who has been to Señor Ceviche before, they’ll tell you just how incredible the sweet potato fries are. I’m not really sure what they do to them, but they beat any sweet potatoes I’ve had before.
The aji rocotto mayonnaise helps, but it’s not the only thing that makes them so good. These really do need to be tasted to be believed!
Suitably full of Peruvian delights, we headed to Cahoots, one of my favourite bars in London, for a few more cocktails to top of our already perfect date night.
I already can’t wait to go back for my next Peruvian fix!