london latches onto a cuisine and exhausts it till your kimchied, burgered and bratwursted out. peruvian is the flavour of the moment. the wealth of super-superfoods granted by the fertile earth of the andes, ultra fresh ingredients and palate-popping foreign flavours hits a sweet spot with londoners. what started as grab-and-go quinoa pots and trays of ceviche street food at the likes of streetfeast has evolved into more formal offerings at the likes of street kitchen ceviche, upmarket miraflores and japanese-peruvian hybrid chotto matte. it was about time shoreditch received a slice of dulce de leche pie, and it's called andina, a new restaurant situated on a prime spot on redchurch street.
it's the second offering from restaurateur martin morales. having not long visited peru, we were on the look out of authenticity which it comfortably delivered. at least half of the ingredients are international imports whilst the rest of the menu is made of fresh seasonal produce. smoothies are crafted from potent ingredients like purple maize flower, lúcuma, goldenberry, quinoa milk and amaranth while the national drink, the pisco sour goes down like a lemonade but packs a punch. on to the food, ceviche, peru's signature dish sees fish 'cooked' through a sharp citrus marinade called tiger's milk.
enjoy with papa a la huancaína – new and purple potatoes in a tangy sauce with cheese, tamalito steamed quinoa dumplings of fried yuca chips. bigger plates include choclo corn cake – a savory round topped with avocado and salsa; causas amantani – a trio of potato cakes topped with fish and the lamb grill – anticuchos skewers marinated in ají panca chili and andean herb sauce and giant choclo corn kernels. pudding course will tingle even the sweetest sweet tooth with deep fried pumpkin donuts 'picaronnes' are served with hot chocolate fudge sauce and purple corn syrup for dipping. it's a little taste of lima in london. location: 1 redchurch street [shoreditch].