London's first ceviche restaurant to open

09 November 2011 by
London's first ceviche restaurant to open

London's first ceviche restaurant is set to open next year, showcasing the cuisine of Peru.

Restaurateur Martin Morales and chef Alejandro Bello will open Ceviche]( in Soho in early March. The launch will follow the popular Ceviche pop-up restaurant, which ran in London last summer.

The restaurant will specialise in Peruvian ceviches, offering sustainably caught fish that has been marinated in lime juice and aji chilli. It will include a dedicated ceviche bar, where diners will be able to watch a cevichero chef in action.

The rest of the menu at Ceviche will mainly be served in small sharing plates, including some of Peru's most famous dishes such as anticuchos, marinated beef heart brochettes; and a variety of causas, whipped cool potato cakes stuffed with crab or prawns.

"In our cuisine we bring together more than 3,000 years of produce and recipes. Through migration, the cuisine of our indigenous ancestors was shaped by culinary influences and ingredients from Spain, Japan, China, West Africa and Italy," Morales explained.

"But we have more than that; a depth and technique to our cuisine that bring together people of all the social groups and races that enjoy and cook our cuisine."

There will also be the Pisco bar, offering Peru's signature Pisco cocktail alongside a range of other cocktails and punches.

Interiors will be developed by Schneider Designers and reflect a playful theme featuring the work of contemporary Peruvian artists, while the restaurant will also play host to Peruvian musicians and poets.

Ceviche is the latest in a string of South American-themed restaurants to open in London, including Brazilian restaurant Cabana, owned by Jamie Barber and David Ponte, which will open at Central St Giles next week, and Sushi Samba, which will serve a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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