Cevicheis a brand spanking new Peruvian restaurant located on Firth Street in the heart of Soho. The restaurant specialises in ceviche (it’s in the name) which is a national dish of Peru made up from raw fish marinated in lime and chilli. There are eight different options of ceviche as well as a selection of other hot and cold dishes designed to share which arrive at the table as and when they are ready.
We started with a salmon ceviche which was fresh, punchy and bursting with citrus flavour. This was followed by Yucas (fried cassava served with Huancaina sauce), a potato style vegetable, cut and fried to resemble fat chips. Grilled Chicken Skewers were another standout dish, two skewers of chilli and garlic seasoned tender chicken served with a tacu, tacu and amarillo sauce. On the salad side we’d recommend the tasty Solterito made up of broad beans, choclo corn, feta and olives coated in aji amarillo vinaigrette.
From the cocktails to the shots it’s all about the Pisco, a grape brandy liquor made in Peru – we drank the signature Pisco Sours and Peruvian beer. Pisco Sours come in at just £5.50 and other cocktails around £7.50 which is a pretty good deal for Soho. At the front of the restaurant is a counter which allows for guests to drink and dine in a less formal way whilst watching the chefs at work – Perfect for after work drinks and nibbles.
The only grumble we had was the space issue, the restaurant is so compact that when it’s quiet it can feel like the table next to you is a little too close, that said once the space fills up and the atmosphere is buzzing you hardly notice. The decor is cool and quirky with an eclectic collection of artwork and old school Peruvian records playing in the restaurant and toilets. We have no doubt Ceviche will be rolled out around the city soon, it’s like the Peruvian Wahaca and that is no bad thing!
Ceviche, 17 Frith Street W1D