Martin Morales’ Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, is coming to London this year introducing us to the delights of ceviche, Pisco Sours and other Peruvian classics. Morales, a former Apple executive and DJ has been working on the launch for two years and already has fans in Ferran Adria of El Bulli who is currently making a film on Peruvian cuisine and René Redzepi who cites ceviche as ‘one of the best foods of the world’!
Morales has been cooking Peruvian food for his family and friends since the age of 11 when he moved to Britain and tested the waters for real in June last year, when he ran a pop-up version of Cervice which sold out in one day.
The space, designed by London based Peruvian Jack Schneider with the help of contemporary Peruvian artists, musicians and poets will reflect the Lima ethos – bright, fresh, cheeky and vibrant with a trademark Ceviche Bar, where diners can sit and watch as the chefs prepare the fish ready to marinate. But it’s Morales himself who’s taking care of the soundtrack which promises hard-to-find 60’s tracks and the latest beats from the Peñas.
Head chef Alejandro Bello will serve up a selection of mouth-watering Peruvian Ceviches – freshly caught sustainable fish cold-cooked in Tiger’s Milk marinade made from lime juice and Peruvian aji chilli and further dishes including Anticuchos – melt-in-the-mouth sizzling marinated beef heart BBQ brochettes and selections of Causas – whipped cool potato cakes made from some of the 2500 potato varieties found in Peru and delicately stuffed with fresh crab or prawns.
In addition to these small sharing plates, more substantial offerings will include succulent Beef Saltado and the traditional Arroz con Pato alongside salads of Peruvian superfood Quinoa and sides of Giant Corn Choclo with Huancaina Sauce. And if you’re wondering what Peruvians have for pudding try Pumpkin Picarones Donuts and Lucuma Ice Cream. Drink Pisco Sours at the Pisco Bar – the new mojito dontcha know – and start planning that trip to South America.
Opening March 2012
Cerviche, 17 Frith Street, W1