Forget your fried chicken, burgers and freakshakes: Peruvian is one of those London food trends that’s the diner Holy Grail of being nigh on sin free AND delicious (because who actually enjoys eating things that are good for them). Packed with wholegrains, marinated meats and dish-of-the-moment, ceviche, these Latin American menus offer a culinary adventure through rainbow colours, texture and flavour (and we won’t say no to a pisco or two, either). Browse our best restaurants serving food from Peru.
1. COYA Book Coya
Boasting no less than three open kitchen and a sizzling open charcoal grill, COYA is a plush, eclectic spot for Peruvian dining in London. Bursting with rainbow colour, the tantalisingly fresh menu is headed by seafood, while the adjacent pisco bar offers 40 different tequilas and rums.
2. MOMMI Book MOMMI
A sultry South American-style lair in Clapham, the food at MOMMI offers a distinct focus on raw and gluten-free ingredients, and now boast official gluten-free accreditation. Watch a culinary show unfold in the pulsating open kitchen, or mixologists concoct exciting drinks at the bar. MOMMI is also renowned for its free-flowing brunch, with dishes like Peruvian steak & eggs, and cinnamon waffles, complemented by unlimited prosecco supplies.
3. Señor Ceviche Book Señor Ceviche
A fashionable, bijou dining room on Charlotte Street, Señor Ceviche offers a list of now renowned Peruvian signature dishes. Either out on the terrace or within the dining room surrounded by marble-topped tables and deep brown leather, enjoy the likes of the namesake ‘Señor Ceviche’ w ith sea bass & octopus, or sticky Pachamama-style pork ribs.
Dedicated to pisco, Mezcal, and the best available UK ingredients, Pachamama brings a slice of Peru to well-heeled Marylebone. Stacks of veggie options and a weekend brunch menu are served alongside dishes divided up into land, sea and soil. Don’t miss out on famed snacks like beef short rib croquetas, and brown crab churros.
5. Nobu Book Nobu
Established long before Peru truly took hold of the London restaurant scene, Nobu offers a unique Japanese-Peruvian fusion experience. Named by Vogue as the ‘hippest restaurant chain in the world’, this super-slick destination has a glossy, minimalist aesthetic: the perfect backdrop for dishes like Peruvian-style spicy salmon, and chicken tacos.
‘Here we cook with love’ is the motto at Ceviche: the brainchild of Peruvian restaurateur, chef and cookbook creator, Martin Morales. Centred around food, art and music, Peruvian vibes are in plentiful supply here, with ‘classic’ comfort foods including flame-cooked beef with red onion & proper chips, corn & feta cake with avocado, and guava granita with lychee & mango.
A modern picanteria, Andina in lively Shoreditch serves a health conscious menu inspired by the Peruvian Andes. Inspired by Mamita Naty, the founder’s grandmother, Andina provides quiet refuge in the daytime, and is buzzing come evening. Alongside speciality piscos, enjoy colourful dishes from the ceviche bar, street food-style favourites, or sizzling meats and fish from the grill.
The only Peruvian restaurant in London to hold a coveted Michelin star, Lima in Marylebone showcases a fine dining twist on classics from chefs Robert Ortiz and Virgilio Martinez. Authenticity is key here, and the menu is made up of best-quality ingredients from both the UK and Peru: enjoy signature favourites like braised octopus and beef Pachamama, alongside pisco sours.
9. Tierra Peru
A charming neighbourhood hideaway on Islington’s Essex Road, Tierra Peru started out life as a make-shift street food stall in Camden. Now boasting a faithful local following, menu favourites include the Mancora and Inca-themed platters, fresh ceviche and grills, all complemented by a predominantly South American wine list.