Peruvian cuisine is fast becoming a major player in the exotic food section of London’s trendy restaurant scene. Hot on the heels of last year’s fusion explosion Sushisamba and the lip-smacking Lima comes Soho venue Ceviche, named after Latin America’s traditional seafood dish of raw fish “cooked” in the juice of citrus fruits.
While there is plenty of tang to the food at Ceviche Soho, there is also a lot of traditional in the décor of the restaurant. The menu, prepared by honest-to-goodness genuine Peruvians, has been designed along tapas lines – small plates that are perfect for a varied working lunch or for a group of friends to share around. While the ceviche, a fresh competitor to the now ubiquitous sushi, is being devoured, diners can enjoy the old-time interior by Schneider Designers.
There’s a definite fresh from the sea coastal feel to the dining area of Ceviche from its washed out blue boards, but the real inspiration comes from the bohemian, artistically-minded Lima neighbourhood of Barranco, coupled with a fish-market style bar of zinc and white tiles where the signature ceviche is served alongside pisco (grape brandy) cocktails.