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Summary

£56
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The most incredible South American food” combined with “the atmosphere of a very sexy permanent street party” make this Elephant & Castle bar/restaurant (with walled garden) a stand-out local attraction. “It’s fun, fun, fun, and it never disappoints.” Food and wine come from “a variety of Latin American sources, not what Londoners are generally used to”, and include “plenty of vegan and veggie options”. Top Tip: “I’d go back for the plantain crisps”.

Summary

£59
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A great find in the wasteland around Elephant & Castle, where everything is South American, from ingredients, such as plantain and cassava, to the wine list and the lively clientele”. A bar/restaurant (with walled garden for warmer days), it’s “a great introduction to Latino food”: “typical dishes such as ceviche and braised black beef are produced to a higher standard than just about anywhere else in London”. Top Tip – all dishes are gluten-free, with a range of veggie and vegan options.

Summary

£59
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A great find in the wasteland around Elephant & Castle, where everything is South American, from ingredients, such as plantain and cassava, to the wine list and the lively clientele”. A bar/restaurant (with walled garden for warmer days), it’s “a great introduction to Latino food”: “typical dishes such as ceviche and braised black beef are produced to a higher standard than just about anywhere else in London”. Top Tip – all dishes are gluten-free, with a range of veggie and vegan options.

Summary

£58
   ££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A stylish new restaurant, wine bar and bodega, not far from Elephant & Castle, showcasing flavours from across South America. (The name means palate in Spanish and Portuguese, and in Cuba a ‘paladar’ is also a privately-run restaurant with character.) Founder Charles Tyler was behind Bermondsey’s once-pathbreaking Champor Champor, while chef Jose Rubio-Guevara hails from Colombia via Miami and draws on various Latino inspirations (as do the cocktails, wines and cigars). Too little feedback for a rating as yet, but for one early reporter it’s already a favourite.

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Owner's description

Paladar says:

Paladar brings the taste of Latin America to the heart of London SE1. More than just a restaurant, Paladar’s philosophy is to showcase the best food, drinks, art and music from Latin America, making it a centre of excellence for the region in London.

Chef Jose Rubio-Guevara’s creative cuisine takes a deliciously eclectic ‘mix-and-match’ approach to Latin American food, drawing primary inspiration from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. Dishes are designed to be shared ‘tapas style’ although traditionalists can have a 3-course meal if preferred. The food at Paladar is also, naturally, 100% gluten-free.

The all-Latin American wine list has been carefully selected by Ecuadorian sommelier, Rafael Cabezas-Castro, and goes well beyond big Argentine Malbecs and Chilean Carmeneres: Discover less well-known grape varieties, such as Pais and Torrontes, along with wines from countries as diverse as Peru, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico.

An exciting selection of innovative cocktails and straight-up spirits are on offer from the long, sleek bar where French bar manager, Cedric Gautier, has gathered together an extraordinary collection of Latin American spirits. Think fine rums, cachacas, piscos, mezcals and tequilas - plus a bizarre clutch of gins from Argentina, Colombia and Peru!

Regularly changing art exhibitions offer Latin American artists the opportunity to display their works for sale on the walls, and this brings a fresh look to the interior of the restaurant every couple of months.

During the summer months, the courtyard garden to the rear of the property offers an oasis of calm and delightful al fresco dining opportunities (British weather permitting!) while the adjoining bodega doubles up as a semi-private dining area on the Chef’s Table, as well as offering all wines for sale at retail prices.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £18.00 £23.00
Pretheatre £18.00 £23.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.00 £19.00 £6.50 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
10, 20
No dress code
80

The chef

Chef Jose Rubio-Guevara

Jose Rubio-Guevara is the 34-year-old head chef of Paladar. It is his first head chef position in a hospitality career spanning seventeen years and encompassing both back- and front-of-house roles in Miami and London.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, but Colombian by nationality and at heart, Jose is a creative chef who experiments with Latin American flavours and techniques to create dishes which reflect the diversity and spirit of the region’s cuisine in a modern style – retaining the authenticity of flavours, but moving away from traditional restrictions, recipes and presentations.

Jose’s A la Carte Menu comprises six sections: Nibbles; The Sea; The Farm; The Land; Side Dishes and Sweet Endings. There are also two Tasting Menus (one specifically tailored to vegans), and a two-or-three course ‘Quick Lunch Menu’. 

These menus are entirely gluten-free. Latin American cuisine typically uses corn rather than wheat, and in the course of developing his menu for Paladar Jose found that very few dishes contained gluten. By making further tweaks – substituting soy sauce and flour where used for gluten-free alternatives, for example – Jose was able to make the whole menu gluten-free.

Jose is now at the forefront of modern Colombian/Latin American cuisine here in the UK. His recipes have been featured in BBC Good Food Magazine, Restaurant Magazine, and he has participated in the Radio 4 Kitchen Cabinet programme. Jose, who lives locally to the restaurant in SE1, is a co-founder of Paladar, and along with the other members of the key team is a shareholder in Paladar.

 

Private dining

The Bodega

The Chef’s Table in the Bodega offers a unique semi-private dining area for parties of between 8-10 guests. Offering a grand-stand view across the pass into the theatrical open kitchen, the Chef’s Table has an intimacy, yet also a vibrancy, that is unmatched in the area. 

Advanced booking is strongly recommended for this table. 

 

Paladar Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Paladar Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Paladar restaurant.
Wendy G
Have not been for a while, it is still amaz...
Reviewed 5 months, 4 days ago

"Have not been for a while, it is still amazing,food is delicious."

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James A
Quirky and fun. Great atmosphere. Lots of n...
Reviewed 8 months, 20 days ago

"Quirky and fun. Great atmosphere. Lots of nice dishes well prepared and tasty."

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4-5 London Road, London, SE1 6JZ
Opening hours
Monday5 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑8 pm

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