What? If you want to get a taste of the best Peruvian cuisine in London, and if by any chance you wouldn’t mind drinking three pisco sours with it, Andina is your place to be. This cosy restaurant on the corner of Redchurch Street – where you can also bump into Labour & Wait or Kite – is a favourite hotspot for the Shoreditch hipsters. And with good reason. The ceviche, a traditional dish with sour marinated raw fish, is perfectly balanced. The pisco sour, a cocktail with pisco, lime and egg-white is too tasty to be good for you. Martin Morales, the driving force behind this and several other Peruvian restaurants, grew up in Peru. The last twenty years he has spent his time in London to perfectionize his Peruvian passion. It is no surprise the Andina cookbook is an absolute bestseller.
Looks? A boring solicitor’s office was transformed into a colonial Peruvian villa by the designers of Schneider Designers office. The ground floor is light and has an open kitchen concept. Ideal for lunch. In the basement the vibe is a bit more darker and cosier. Especially because the pisco-bar is located here, this would be your spot for a slightly bedazzled diner. On enthousiastic evenings a DJ pops up and chairs can be pushed on the side. No worries, no Peruvian folk dancing here.
What else? Andina is the perfect lunch or diner spot to combine with a shopping spree in hip Redchurch Street. Do not forget to make a reservation. It is very hard grabbing a table without one.
INFO Mon to Fri from 8am to 11pm, Sat and Sun form 10am to 11pm