Is Peruvian food London’s latest hot craze? The last few months have seen Lima launch Lima Floral in Covent Garden and Pachamama open in Marylebone, followed by Señor Ceviche in Carnaby Street and Amaru in St Katherine Docks. Hot on their heels comes Martin Morales’s eastern outpost of his “vibrant” and “distinctive” Soho restaurant Ceviche, which opened on Monday 30 March.
Ceviche Old Street launched at the historic Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms in Baldwin Street, not far from Morales’s other venture, Andina, in Shoreditch High Street. The new site includes a 70-cover dining room, with dedicated ceviche bar, Peruvian rotisserie and open grill, and a 60-cover bar area serving snacks, Pisco cocktails and British and Latin American craft beer.
Built in 1898 by Sir Thomas Lipton, of Lipton’s Tea, the Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms was originally a place for East London’s working class to dine affordably, with a typical meal costing the equivalent of just 2p today. Ceviche Old Street certainly won’t be that cheap, but Morales says he wants to create a reasonably priced venue for post-work dinner and drinks.
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