Pioneer of Peruvian cooking Martin Morales (Ceviche, Andina, Casita Andina) has launched London’s first Peruvian bakery, as he opens Andina Panaderia in Notting Hill alongside a brand new restaurant, Andina Picanteria. Located side by side at 155 and 157 Westbourne Grove, Andina Panaderia and Andina Picanteria pay homage to the female Andean chefs who have inspired Martin and his team since opening Ceviche.
Led by head pastry chef Ana Velasquez, Andina Panaderia specialises in slow-ferment baking with traditional sweet and savoury pastries and breads alongside hot dishes, lunchtime salads and all-day brunch-style dishes to eat in or take away.
On the menu: Peruvian breads such as Andean black mint and sweet potato sourdough; the delicately crusted traditional pan frances roll; and the challah-like chancay bread, a cinnamon-scented take on brioche. Sweeter treats include the Pastel de Lúcuma, an Andean spin on the famed Portuguese custard tart and the chicha morada muffin, a purple corn muffin with a moorish corn and almond centre. A selection Peru’s finest coffee and teas will be available as well as Andina’s much loved smoothies and juices.
Next door to Andina Panaderia is the 40-cover Andina Picanteria. Headed up by Chef Luca Depalo, the restaurant is an ode to the Peruvian picanterias, the family-run, roadside restaurants that form the culinary hub of the community across the eleven regions of the Peruvian Andes.
On the menu: Small plates such as the Sivinche, an ancient take on ceviche, made with yellow fin tuna, trout roe and popped kiwicha and a purple corn tamal with choclo corn succotash and sweet kale pesto. Bigger dishes include Olluco potato locro, an authentic Andean style stew with broad beans and roast pumpkin; and feasting dishes like the braised adobo pork leg and 80 day aged Hereford sirloin with red pepper and Amarillo chilli escabeche.
Echoing the traditional picanteria, the space has an open kitchen lined with rough granite stone surfaces and a home style chef’s table putting the chefs in the limelight. Andina Picanteria and Andina Panderia opened on 8 May.