By Lydia Lim of The Vie Design
Out of all the Peruvian restaurants in London, Andina is by far the best. You’re probably wondering how I came to this verdict. It’s quite simple really. The ambience of the restaurant is fun, vibrant and yet relaxed; quality of food (especially the ceviche’s) is epic; and last but not least, it’s great value for money. Andina is located on Redchurch Street, just off the buzzing Shoreditch High Street, and is one of the three Peruvian restaurants owned by Martin Morales. I’ve said quite a lot about Morales’ source of inspiration in my earlier post on Ceviche (sister restaurant) that just opened in Old Street a couple of months back.
If you’re a Londoner, you’ll probably know that it’s about a fifteen minute walk between Old Street and Redchurch Street. With two competing restaurants in and around the same area, you’re pretty much guaranteed a reservation at either one of the eateries. I’d suggest visiting both places as each offers slight variations in the style and prep of dishes. However, if for whatever reason you find yourself having to choose between the two, I’d recommend opting for Andina.
I’ve hand-picked a selection of must have’s that you’ll need to try when dining at this restaurant! Do not miss the amazing Quinoa Croquetas with rocoto chilli sauce (£3.5) – it’s my mum’s favourite dish and she can’t come to London without having a plate of these. If you’re struggling with the Ceviche bar, I’d highly recommend trying the Ceviche Andina (£8) – fresh, farmed and sustainable sea bass, goldenberry, avocado, sweet potato – and the Tiradito de Pato Nikkei (£8) – duck breast, yuzu tiger’s milk, radish, pomegranate – if you’re up for a little twist to standard seafood ceviche’s. As for mains, the Bistec Escabechado (£13) – marinated grilled fillet steak, red onions, amarillo chilli, choclo corn purée – is one of those recipe’s that was probably taken off the chef’s bible and would sit well with any meat-eater. Last but not least, you can’t leave Andina without trying out the Pulpo Chancón (£11) – grilled octopus, lúcuma, butterbeans, chancaca and limo honey sauce, tomato, red onions – which is grilled to perfection.
Top class Peruvian food serving the best ceviche’s in town! I’d suggest making a reservation as this place gets very busy, especially during the weekends. You might be interested in reading about my reviews on Lima and Ceviche, two alternative Peruvian restaurants in London, to get a full flavour of the Peruvian scene in London. What do you think of my review of Andina? If you enjoyed reading this post of have any additional questions about my experience of the restaurant, please leave me a comment in the box below!
Opening hours: Monday – Friday | 8am – 10pm | Weekends | 10am – 11pm
Average Price: £ – ££