Suffice it to say that I am a fan of the Peruvian and all menus South American.
This place is a little hidden gem round the back of Marylebone and if Peruvian food with awesome cocktails is your thing, then this may well be the place for you.
Also, they have kept that old Lima feel inside with distressed painted ornate china cupboards, old style cabinets, worn brightly coloured walls with exposed brickwork and lights that you would expect to see in a Peruvian Saloon. They throw in occasional artistic expression with the addition of a giant metal horse that has set up stables at the back.
Head Chef Adam Rawson has created a seasonal menu of Land, Sea and Soil. Truth be told, the bit that won my heart ws the starter section and so we pretty much orded one of everything between 3 of us.
My favourites were the Salt & ají squid and the Brown crab & yuca churros. For the mains, I wont even get started on how good the Crispy lamb belly with jalapeno and miso, or the Pork ribs with white asparagus and huacatuy are. What is huacatuy you ask? Dont ask, just eat! (If you insist on asking, it is actually a Peruvian green sauce named Amazon Black Mint). Other winners at our table were the Sweet course dishes, Suspiro de Limena with strawberry & sorrel and Chewy white chocolate, rhubarb, basil. The “Chewy” is essentially a partially melted chunk of white chocolate that is reminiscent of leaving your milky bar in the sun at 7 years old and then eating it while gooey. (This is a great memory for me).
The bar is centered around Pisco, but of course. They also use flavours like fennel ( a shudder for me, but most like it), beetroot, rhubarb and chilli. As a side note, they also now serve brunch on a Sunday.
They have private dining areas and cocktail cubbys for groups and are still close enough to get the ambiance from the restaurant.
All in all… Winner Winner – Chicharonnes Pre Dinner
Pachamama – 18 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JY