The majority of the South American
restaurants in Covent Garden
are Mexican – one has even been going for over 40 years – but thanks to the rise in popularity of Peruvian food across the city, you’ll find plenty of that in the neighbourhood too.
Wahaca Covent Garden
Restaurant, Mexican, Street Food, $$$
Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers’ Wahaca has grown into one of the most popular chains in the country, with over 15 locations in London alone. The original Covent Garden branch
is full of their signature bright and colourful décor, including street art from Nelio and an installation from Stuart Haygarth. The menu is based on market style Mexican
street food and covers everything from pork pibil burritos and baja tacos to frijoles and churros, and it’s all super fresh and vibrant. They shake up a mean margarita too thanks to their range of tequilas and mezcals.
Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
is the little sister to Virgilio Martinez’s Michelin-starred Lima in Fitzrovia
. Whilst it sticks to the same principles of fresh and modern Peruvian
cuisine, Lima Floral has a slightly broader offering, including a bar menu with empanadas and anticuchos, which go perfectly with one or two of their excellent pisco sours and a weekday lunch menu. Their bottomless brunch menu, featuring ceviche, chicken alto andes and vegetable chifa, makes a great change from eggs and avo too.
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
puts a modern spin on Mexican food, so as well as more classic dishes like fajitas, poblano enchiladas and guacamole made table-side, there are a flew plates with a twist, such as duck nutella mole and plum tacos and glazed pork ribs with fried leeks. They have a well-stocked tequila selection too, which you can enjoy on their own, in one of their margaritas or as part of one of their Tequila Dinners, a four-course meal with a tequila tasting.
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Something of a staple on the Covent Garden scene, Café Pacifico
has been serving food and a fiesta atmosphere since 1982 and the party shows no signs of slowing down. You get both Mexican and Tex-Mex here, so tacos and enchiladas as well as chimichangas, fajitas and nachos. The portions are generous and the place is fun, so it’s a great place to have up your sleeve.
Restaurant, Italian, Peruvian, $$$
It’s actually half Italian
, half Peruvian at this understated yet sophisticated Seven Dials spot
inside the Radisson Blu Hotel. The menu is divided in two, with one side containing pizza, pasta and risotto and the other featuring ceviche, tacos and anticuchos, with tropical cocktails and South American wines also sitting alongside European offerings. Even their afternoon tea mixes the two cuisines, which do in fact blend together very nicely.