Pachamama – Peruvian in Marylebone

Pachamama, a Peruvian inspired restaurant behind Selfridges serving Latino food with a twist and fab cocktails

Our first Peruvian dining experience was at Raymi in New York earlier this year. We enjoyed it so much we vowed to check out Peruvian in London (there are a few) but somehow hadn’t gotten round to it.

So when Pachamama was recommended to me the other day, it seemed fitting to go this weekend as we were planning a day out in the west-end. And so we visited the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly (brilliant, as ever) then headed out for a wander through Mayfair, stopping for a drink as it was a hot day. And on to Marylebone.

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Top, l-r: Brown crab + yuca churros @ £5.50, Sea bass ceviche with samphire, radish + tiger’s milk @ £9.50
Bottom, l-r: Fried aubergine with smoked yoghurt + pecans @ £8.50, beef and roast sweet potato @ £21.00

We arrived early for our 6pm reservation (it was one of those weekend late-lunch-early-dinner meals) not realising that the restaurant only opens at 6pm. We passed an hour in the bar cooling off, drinking pisco sours.

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Bar area – funky lampshades and decor

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Pisco sour @ £10.00 – beautiful

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Restaurant area – like a backyard (bringing the outside in)

We were the first to go through to the dining room promptly at 6pm and enjoy a brief ‘private’ dining experience. Our helpful server advised us on the menu and recommended how many dishes to share.

We ordered a bottle of viognier @ £30.00 and crab and yuca churros (pictured above) which were surprisingly good as a savoury snack, sea bass ceviche and:

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Tuna ceviche @ £9.50

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Chicken anticuchos (skewers) @ £7.00

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Beef short rib ‘pachamanca’, aji (sauce) and sweet potato @ £21.00

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Peruvian fried chicken with Atacama hot sauce @ £8.00

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Fried aubergine with smoked yoghurt and pecans @ £8.50 – divine

Those dishes tasted as good as they look. The stand out dishes for me were the fried aubergine with smoked yoghurt and the tender beef short rib ‘pachamanca’.

The verdict: Excellent food that’s a bit different. Our total bill for two came to £179 (but that did include 6 x pisco sours and a bottle of wine).

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Peruvian
– Address: 18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London
– Postcode: W1U 3JY
– Nearest station: Bond Street
– Website + menus: Pachamama website
– Photos on flickr: Pachamama images
– Location: Pachamama map

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Raymi Peruvian Restaurant + Pisco Bar – New York

Lively Peruvian restaurant + bitter-tastic pisco cocktails

Having stumbled across a Peruvian jazz club on our last trip to New York (which has sadly since closed down) K was keen to re-live another Peruvian-themed evening during our visit to NYC this week so we booked a table in advance at Raymi in the Flatiron district, to try Peruvian food and cocktails. A brand new experience for us.

On being promptly greeted and seated, K ordered a passion pisco (overly sweet for me, containing passion syrup) @ $14.00 while I had a classic pisco sour @ $13.00 (made from pisco sour, lime, egg white and bitters) – lovely and bitter – while reading the food menu.

 

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Passion pisco, roasted corn kernels and pisco sour

 

Service was excellent right from the start, with our friendly, helpful waitress answering our questions about the menu and making recommendations for us. We wanted to share dishes and eventually chose charred octopus @ $18.00 from the Chef’s Corner menu (specials available Thursday to Sunday only), a mixto cerviche @ $16.00 from the Cerviches & Tiraditos selection, a ‘jalea’ fried mixed seafood @ $14.00 (a small plate) and an arroz chaufa @ $26.00 (a large plate).

Our waitress recommended that the charred octopus and mixto cerviche be served together (as a starter course) and the jalea and arroz chaufa together afterwards. So that’s what we did. And those food pairings worked well.

 

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Mixto ceviche – aji rocoto (red peppers), corvina fish, shrimp, squid, octopus + sweet potato
 

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Charred octopus – with butternut squash, potatoes, mussels
 

The charred octopus was lovely and tender with a smoky flavour (gorgeous) and the fishy ceviche was nice and sharp in contrast.

With a busy bar area and buzzing atmosphere, along with interesting eclectic furnishings and soft lighting, this was a really comfortable restaurant to dine in and relax.

 
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Inside Raymi
 

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Pisco bar at Raymi
 

I was already fairly full after sharing the starter plates and was glad to have a break before the next course arrived!

The arroz chaufa arrived in a large stone pot containing a mix of jasmine rice, egg, broccoli, ginger, char siu chicken, shrimp, chinese sausage, scallions and peanuts (unusual, with the predominant flavours being of Chinese style spices) while the jalea fried shrimp, squid, corvina fish, yuca, salsa criolla, and aji amarillo (peppers) was served with a tartar sauce (again, really good but I was sadly too full to eat much of this course).

 

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Arroz chaufa – jasmine rice, egg, broccoli, ginger, char siu chicken, shrimp, chinese sausage, etc

 

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Jalea – fried seafood with tartar sauce
 

 

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Basement bathroom area – a relaxing feel with plants and a water feature

 

The verdict: Impressive food and drinks selection, outstanding service. I would love to return (with a bigger appetite). Check the website for Latino music and dancing nights.

 

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Peruvian (in New York)
~ Address: 43 West 24th Street, New York
~ Zipcode: NY10010
~ Website + menus: Raymi website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Raymi
~ Location: Raymi map

 
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