We had tried a Senor Ceviche pop-up last year in Chelsea and had tasty food so when I saw that they were opening a permanent spot I immediately added to the must try list. Senor Ceviche is in Kingly Court (http://www.carnaby.co.uk/food-and-drink/kingly-court ) which is off of Kingly Street with the entrance between Pizza Pilgrims and the Detox kitchen. They have done a great job assembling several casual and tasty spots there such as Shoryu ramen and Pizza Pilgrims.
Senor Ceviche is on the second floor and has a funky fun décor with graffiti walls and a bar at the entrance. Vibe is very relaxed and casual. I went with Sophie from work and we were one of the first ones there around 7pm but it totally filled up and had a nice buzz.
I had woken up with a migraine that day and was committed to not drinking which lasted until I saw they had a drink called mamacita – aka jalapeno margarita which happens to be my favourite drink. So, commitment went out the window and I had one drink which was tasty but not as good as the spicy margs at Soho House or the passion fruit spicy martini at E&O.
What we ate
Mr Miyagi: salmon tiradito with tiger milk (Peruvian term for the citrus-based marinade that cures the seafood), pomegranate, purple shiso & crispy salmon skin. By far our favourite dish of the evening. Perfectly fresh and gorgeous thinly sliced salmon with a light marinate that had a lovely kick. All very well balanced and delicious. The pomegranate seeds also added a fun texture. I didn’t really see any salmon skin but also didn’t miss it. A must order!
Senor ceviche: sea bream ceviche with aji Amarillo (type of chili pepper) tiger’s milk, avocado and tempura baby squid. I have by now figured out that I tend to like tiradito way better than ceviche as I prefer slices to cubes and this head to head comparison once again confirmed it. We may have liked it better if had eaten it before Mr Miyagi but the ceviche was too acidic and a tad bit bland. The avocado added nice creaminess and some fat and the fried baby squid made the dish more interesting but still a bit bland. Shouldn’t be named Senor Ceviche as its not good enough to be the signature one.
Super chicken: marinated and chargrilled chicken served with aji rocotto (another chili pepper) mayo. Our waitress suggested this dish as she doesn’t like fish and said it was her favourite and everyone who she suggested it to, loved it. It was a nice chicken dish and the smallish pieces were nicely charred and the mayo added a nice kick. Probably would try the ribs instead next time as they looked amazing.
Chancaca salmon with fennel: the salmon marinated in miso and brown sugar (chancaca ir a type of sugar, thank you Google!) and chargrilled which made it slightly caramelized and very moist and delicious. It’s a very simple dish but well executed and tasty and the fennel salad on top adds a nice fresh twist and crunch.
Cusco quinoa: with roasted veggies, edamame beans, giant corn and crumbly queso. Sounded yummy but was very bland. Maybe if one of the mains we had ordered had some sauce, we could have used the quinoa as the means to eat the sauce and would have made it more interesting but on its own was way too bland.
Chocolate brownie with coconut ice cream: this was delicious and better than expected. The brownie was dark and rich and served warm, and the coconut ice cream was not overly sweet but nicely creamy and the combination was delicious. We both originally expected to just have a couple of bites and behave and ended up devouring the entire thing.
Before we ordered dessert, we were told we had to leave the table in 10 minutes. We were not aware there was a two hour limit (didn’t you see the fine print in the email we sent? No….I don’t read small print…) and they should have told us when we sat down instead so we could have paced the meal better. Oh well….maybe after being in London for over a year I should have learned the lesson.
In Sum: we were there 5 days after opening and some of the dishes were delicious and some a bit bland. Cute casual vibe and great for a mid-week dinner. Very straightforward Peruvian and not as creative as the Lima family spots but easy and good.
Senor Ceviche http://www.senor-ceviche.com/
Kingly Court, Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW