Let’s be real here, we all want to escape the temperamental British weather, but we don’t always have the funds at hand for a quick elope. So we’ve done the next best thing and brought a splash of South America to the city! We’ve created a guide of the best South American restaurants with enough spice and flavour to transport to the continent without the buck, enjoy!
Zuaya is a Latin American restaurant with a funky name and even funkier ethos. The Kensington-Based resto draws on punchy flavours from Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil to deliver lesser-experienced dishes to London’s eclectic food scene. If you’re a lover of tapas, you’ll certainly find your favourite tapas dish, or discover some dreamy new ones, that fuse together Latin American flavours with European and Asian accents. Meandering between light lunches, romantic dinners and colourful cocktails, Zuaya caters for all meal angles and provides a punchy DJ on Saturdays as a soundtrack to your munch.
Where: Zuaya London, Kensington High Street, London, UK
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.3 miles)
Bringing the vibrance and colour of Argentina to the dreary streets of London, comes Gaucho. Their menu blends both the Mediterranean and the indigenous cooking as Argentine food derives from its European heritage. Whether you like your steak rare, medium or well done, in true Argentinean style it’ll be smokey from an open flame, and slathered in your choice of béarnaise or chimichurri sauce.
Where: Various venues across the city
Who’d have thought bringing Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine could work so well? Well, thanks to SUSHISAMBA you can enjoy the energy and spirit of these three distinct cultures in one sitting. So whether you’re after a Japanese hit, a taste of Peruvian cooking or, a touch of Brazilian fire, there’s certainly options for all! Their little black cod number is a definite of ours, served alongside sweet corn, maize mirada, potenta and popcorn (yep, popcorn!).
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Peruvian food has stolen our heart and thrown away the key with its delicious offering. You might not know, but that protein packed superfood everyone’s grown to love, quinoa originates from Peru. What better way revel in your love of the cuisine than by heading to Pachamama’s, a Peruvian-inspired bar and resto nuzzled away in Marylebone and Shoreditch. Feast in true South American style with one of their famous tasting menus running from brunch through to dinner, yum!
Where: Marylebone / Shoreditch
Oh boy, does Comedor know how to rustle up a good ol’ steak. When a menu has 10 (yes, 10!) different cuts of steak on the menu, you know they’ve got their technique down. You even get your choice of garnish, marinade and sauce, what more could you want? If you don’t think of yourself as much of a meat innovator, chow down on their pan-fried seabass served up with roasted garlic mash, gammas and watercress sauce, or for the herbivores, their veggie gnocchi is super rich but just as tasty thanks to their mushroom and parmesan sauce.
Where: 176 Upper Street, Islington N1 1RG
Serving a healthy bite to eat slathered with Peruvian flavours is Andina. Inspired by the food of the Andes, South America’s stunning mountain range, Andina is a popular spot bringing a taste of Peru to our doorstep. The menu pairs the best of British ingredients merging them with an authentic tough of contemporary Peruvian creativity. Any fan of ceviches can rejoice knowing there’s six options on the menu, yippee!
Where: 1 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ
On a mission to introduce Londoner’s to the flavours of Venezuelan cuisine is Arepa & Co. Expect cornbread, black beans, fried plantain, shredded beer and copious amounts of avocado on the menu as ‘arepas’ is Venezuela’s most popular and traditional meal. It’s a round, flat cornbread that’s slightly crisp on the outside, yet soft on the inside and filled with an range of fillings. Oh, and they’ve got hammocks. Hammocks!
Where: Haggerston / Bethnal Green
Created by world-renowned Peruvian Chef, Virgilio Martinez, Floral by Lima in Covent Garden is the younger sibling of Lima in Fitzrovia. As well as the dining, which sees the likes of stone bass hot ceviche with charred sweet potato and rococo tiger’s milk, mmm!
Where: 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9BJ
When the weather’s playing up in the city, head on down to Omnino Barbecue, the second offering from Omnino, City Hall’s beloved Brazilian steakhouse. Having recently opened, it’s already grabbing itself a reputation thanks to the fine quality of meats and ingredients used. You’ll be served up cuts of meat directly at your table from Brazilian Toscana savage to Omnino’s Argentine prime selection – a mixture of the finest local tipples’ picaña, spicy ribeye and Argentine fillet. Or if you’re wanting a mixture of everything grab yourself a selection of tapas-style sides to compliment the meats – they’ll totally refresh your palette too!
Where: 7-9 St. Bride Street, EC4A 4AS