Señor Ceviche’s recently opened Fitrzovia branch on Charlotte Street

I didn’t need much convincing to pop down to the recently opened Señor Ceviche on Charlotte Street. Familiar with the original branch as my office is just a stone’s throw from Kingly Court, I knew roughly what to expect already – passion fruit pisco sours, a bustling atmosphere and a menu of sharing dishes from zesty ceviches and pretty scallops to sticky pork belly bites and barbecue glazed short ribs.

The restaurant is divided over three floors, the interiors inspired by the colourful, colonial architecture of Lima. There’s a Pisco bar at street level offering every take on Pisco cocktails you could come up with (like Thai basil or jasmine, but the passion fruit was my favourite), a dimly lit downstairs seating area with an intimate cocktail bar and a brighter upstairs area on a mezzanine level.

We took our cocktails upstairs to our table on the mezzanine level which is light and airy (the lower floors get progressively darker and louder as the evening wears on). We glanced at the menu but with so much to choose from we asked for a little bit of everything, expecting just a few sharing dishes between the group.

When the sharing plates arrived they were bigger and better than I was expecting, and we managed to fill up whilst nibbling at the different flavours and textures – my favourite kind of meal!

The food is inspired by Harry Edmeades’ (Señor Ceviche’s founder) travels across Peru and his time at Lima’s renowned ceviche restaurant El Mercado, and the menu combines national Peruvian dishes such as ceviche with the Japanese and Chinese influences on Peruvian cuisine.

Expect  classics Señor Ceviche classics like the Tiger’s milk ceviche and the pachamanca pork ribs, with new additions like barbecued scallops served with pisco butter, and slow-cooked short rib with aji panca and pickled garlic anticucho sauce.

For dessert, a choice of two puddings (both £6) includes ‘Barranco Brûlée’ and ‘Maiz Morado y Lucama’. The dolce de leche crème brûlée is light but decadent, served with a pineapple granita which cuts through the richness of the brûlée with a hit of acidity. Maiz Morado y Lucama is a purple corn cake which actually tastes much like a fudge brownie, with caramel and a scoop of ice cream rolled in popcorn.

An ideal spot for a post-work drink or catching up with friends!

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