We love Ceviche at Old Street. In the wake of post work drinks, we’re frequently drawn through their door, magnetised by the munchies and craving a quick bite of Peruvian fare on the way home. There’s always a warm welcome and if we’re lucky, a seat at their open kitchen bar. Perched on high stools, we study the chefs preparing consistently awesome plates, willing the waiters to deliver them our way.
Their dishes are perfect for sharing and the portion sizes encourage diners to sample a variety of plates. Across our many visits, we’ve pretty much worked our way through their entire menu, often struggling to taste new things without filling up on favourites. Mr Flavour has a penchant for Chancho Pork Bites which borders on being an addiction. Crispy pork belly crackling with a piquant rocoto chilli jam, delicious enough to demand a frequent fix. We’ve recently discovered the Seabass Jalea steamed buns: delicate tempura Seabass snuggled in a fluffy pillow stuffed with salsa, red onion and Amarillo chilli mayo. These are going on our Christmas list.
The internet isn’t big enough for us to declare love for all Ceviche’s beautiful dishes, so here are a few of Mr and Mrs Flavour’s must-tastes: The Don Ceviche, Seabass in Amarillo chilli Tiger’s milk roars with freshness and fire. Ají de Gallina Tequeños are chicken and parmesan filled wonton parcels, served piping hot with a crunchy texture. The Lomo Saltado delivers a classic combination of flamed beef fillet with tomato and proper chips, but the Saltado sauce adds a pleasingly tangy juiciness which takes our taste buds on a trip to Machu Picchu every time.
We’ve lost count of how many times Ceviche has delighted us. Their consistently delicious food served up by passionate chefs and friendly, enthusiastic staff keeps us coming back every time. As a matter of fact, writing this review has made us so hungry that we’re wondering if they do breakfast too. I hope they’ve kept our stools warm.
2 Baldwin Street
London, EC1V 9NU
0203 327 9463