After the opening of a couple of Peruvian restaurants in London this year, Lima and Ceviche, it’s quite clear that Peruvian food is becoming a trend that is here to stay.
Tierra Peru opened in Islington last November, and it has been on my list for a while.
We visited this restaurant on a unusually quiet Saturday night in London, without booking. It was my very first experience of Peruvian food.
When we arrived, our Peruvian waiter was so nice to let us choose our table.
Tierra Peru has a good chilled vibe. The crowd is pretty diverse, from Peruvians wanting to sample a taste of home, to foodies and locals just popping in for a relaxed meal. The decor is modern, but cosy, with photos from Peru on the walls and red lights (hence my reddish photos!).
After a long look at the pretty interesting menu, we were still a bit undecided and frankly, a bit full from brunch (yes still! More about this in one of my next posts!). We swiftly skipped starters, and attacked our mains.
What we ate:
Chupe de marisco; a delicate and creamy seafood soup with coriander, aji panca, rice, green peas, Peruvian spices and a poached egg. Chupes are popular South American Pacific coast dishes, and we learnt at Tierra Peru, substantial to make a full meal!
Majarisco; a northern Peruvian dish of sweet green plantain mashed, pan fried and mixed with seafood, onions, garlic, tomato & fresh coriander, or as they call it, cilantro A really generous portion, amazingly tasty.
I loved how the different textures of the plantain – the crispy one and the mashed one – gave that additional depth to the dish. The seafood was fresh and succulent, and all the flavors worked together perfectly.
We drank margarita cocktails (sorry no pictures of those), really good ones, actually! Spot on margaritas are a rarity in London, so I was pretty impressed by this excellent finding!
Everything on the menu is reasonably priced, including the intriguing list of exotic cocktails. I need to go back and try the Cheviche! Perfect restaurant for a relaxed dinner with seriously delicious and nicely presented food. Service is attentive and friendly.
Avg dinner for 2 including drinks £45.