Latin American food has gone through a real renaissance in London during the past five or so years, and Peruvian cuisine, especially, has experienced a spike in popularity. It’s now as easy to find ceviche as it is tacos. From Argentine steaks to Mexican street food to Brazilian stew, get a taste of Latin America at these restaurants.
After gaining a huge following as a street food trader, thanks to their exemplary tacos, Breddos made the move to permanent restaurant in Clerkenwell in 2016 (and has since opened a bigger sister site in Soho). The signature tacos, such as the baja fish and the egg with macadamia nut mole, haven’t gone anywhere, but they now also serve a range of exciting and original Mexican plates, including clam and sea urchin tostadas, sharing short rib birria and leche fritta.
Martin Morales is another big name Peruvian chef. In addition to owning Ceviche (with branches in Old Street and Soho) he’s also responsible for Andina (and its sister spot Casita Andina). This Shoreditch restaurant celebrates food from the Andean region with superfoods, such as quinoa, chia, maca and amaranth scattered across the menu and in smoothies and pressed juices. There’s plenty to indulge in, too, from pisco punch to chicharrón sandwiches and café con leche panna cottas.
There are a handful of churrascaria chains in the capital, but for authentic home-style cooking, you have to seek out the smaller restaurants. Family-run Galpao, once voted Brazilian restaurant of the year, is one such place. You can tuck into feijoada, moqueca, rump steak with cassava, and chicken hearts with onions while sipping on caipirinhas or Brahma beers to a soundtrack of samba and bossa nova.
With El Pastor, the Hart brothers, also involved with Barrafina and Quo Vadis, proved they can do authentic Mexican just as well as anyone else in the city. On the edge of Borough Market, El Pastor is named after Mexico City’s popular al pastor taco, and their version, including the fresh tortillas made in-house, is very good, indeed. The stonebass tacos, Oaxacan cheese quesadillas and their innovative take on a Bounty bar for dessert are also not to be missed. The mezcal list is particularly impressive, and they shake up a mean margarita, if you fancy something less potent.