Review: Pachamama

Published: 20 October 2014

Let us introduce the latest addition to London’s Peruvian restaurant scene, Pachamama. Tucked away below Thayer Street in Marylebone, Pachamama has opened it’s doors and welcomes people to sample their unique Peruvian-fusion menu and creative cocktails.

The restaurant has a colonial feel to it. Dimly lit, the cocktail bar is dotted with eccentric Peruvian artefacts but retains an air of class. Whether you’re eating or not, the bar makes a great post-work venue for a couple of Pisco sours. 

Celebrating Peru’s culinary diversity by adding a British twist to each dish, Pachamama’s menu is as innovative as it is tasty. Created by Head Chef Tom Catley, who previously worked at Ottolenghi, each dish combines traditional seasonal British produce and distinctive Peruvian flavourings, such as corn or ‘aji’ pepper. 

The most intriguing of the dishes are the Whole Cornish lobster, salsa criolla and truffle purple potato salad; grilled sweet plantain with ricotta and aji pepper salsa; and the Veal heart anticuchos – juicy and flavoursome meat skewers. Making full use of the Josper oven and Robata grill, the meat and fish are cooked to perfection whilst maintaining the poewrful Peruvian flavours. 

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A Peruvian menu wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the country’s most famous dish, ceviche. The chilled prawns with garden peas, mint and wasabi tiger’s milk is incredible, as is the salmon which comes served with watercress and beetroot bleeding tiger’s milk. 

Pachamama has it’s work cut out if it’s going to compete with the likes of Lima and Ceviche, but with the recent culinary regeneration of Marylebone and the rising fame of Peruvian food, we think it’ll be a decent contender. 

18 Thayer Street, W1U 3JY
www.pachamamalondon.com

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