Señor Ceviche, Kingly Court
Following a wildly successful series of pop-ups around the capital, Señor Ceviche serves tasty tapas style plates of fresh ceviche, Peruvian street food and fiery BBQ, alongside punchy Pisco cocktails and ice cold Peruvian beers from its new casa. The interiors have been designed around the bohemian and artistic streets of Lima’s party district, Barranco, which is home to some of Lima’s most exciting bars and restaurants, and where Señor Ceviche himself, Harry Edmeades, stayed while in Peru.
When did Kingly Court become so hip? And when did I start using the word hip? Not that the latter matters, of course. It’s just the last time I visited Kingly Court, a good handful of the restaurants that were bustling on my Saturday night visit last weekend didn’t exist. This little hidden gem right in the heart of Central London has well and truly undergone a makeover and I was pleasantly surprised at what lay before my very eyes.
I was at Kingly Court to try Señor Ceviche, another new kid on the block. Situated on the first floor, the restaurant is undoubtedly the most eye catching, with it’s bright green exterior and pumping music. After navigating my way up the stairs, I arrived at the restaurant and was seated next to the open windows. It was a pleasant October evening and sitting by the window was great as it allowed me to feel a part of the hustle and bustle of both the restaurant and the rest of the court.
The waitress quickly explained the concept of the menu, which is split into sections – Para Picar (small bites), Ceviche and Tiradito, Peruvian Barbeque and sides. It was recommended that we order three dishes per person, so we did just that. We shared Mr Miyagi, salmon tiradito with Nikkei tiger’s milk, pomegranate, purple shiso and crispy salmon skin; Senor Ceviche, sea bream ceviche with aji amarillo tiger’s milk, avacado and tempura baby squid; The Spaniard, sea bream and king prawn ceviche with tomato tiger’s milk and crispy chorizo; Super Chicken, chargrilled chicken with aji rocotto mayonnaise; Flat Iron Anticuschos, beef skewers with aji panca anticucho sauce; and pink pickled cabbage.
We also ordered a couple of cocktails. I wanted to try something a bit different but had to start with a Pisco Sour as it is one of my favourites, but I also ordered a Nazca Heat, a fiery mixture of 1615 pisco, lemon juice, elderflower coridal, aji amarillo and honey.
A couple of hours passed in no time and we got to the end of the meal feeling excited and ready for the night ahead. Señor Ceviche had everything we wanted – a great atmosphere with lively music, beautiful colourful Peruvian style interior and, most importantly, delicious food that we won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Para Picar from £4, Ceviche and Tiradito from £7 and Peruvian Barbeque from £7.50. Cocktails start at £6.50.
Kingly Court, Soho