I visited Andina yesterday for dinner, I was really looking forward to it because I really liked the decor and I love Peruvian food. It was one of my worst experiences with a restaurant and believe I go out a lot... We arrived at 20.40 without a reservation and we were willing ofcourse to wait. The lady at the door told as that there is a 45' wait, which was fair enough! We asked if we could have a drink downstairs at the bar but we received a really adamant no with the excuse that the bar is not for waiting... Maybe for having drinks??? But we could live with that as well. We left our name and phone and went for a drink nearby. Since we didn't receive a phonecal at 21.30 we decided to go by the restaurant and check the waiting time. The same staff we had left our name and phone with told us that they didn't have our name... Then that they tried to call me several times... In the end they offered some space at the bar for us to eat even though they had free tables... The staff were obsiosly lying to us and they were really rude. We left and didn't a chance to try the food, but I can comment on the attitude which was the worse we have experienced in a london restaurant.
© Paul Winch-Furness
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Posted: Thu Dec 5 2013
There’s never a dull mouthful at Andina, which charms your tastebuds with its Peruvian-inspired ceviches, street food, cocktails and colourful smoothies (pictured right). Andina is the second branch of the fun-loving Ceviche, but rather than imitating its older Soho sibling, it has new tricks, some of them inspired by the food of the Andes. Ceviches are enjoyed everywhere in Peru, and now in Shoreditch too. Raw fish is marinated in citrus juice which can then be spiced with chilli or have other dressings or garnishes added. Andina’s ‘Cheeky’ ceviche, one of six on the menu, comprises thin slices of hake and cod cheeks marinated in citrus juice with spring onion: it’s cheekier than a monkey from the Amazon. New World staples are well represented: the giant Peruvian popcorn snack cancha is a fun appetiser, and potatoes appear in all shapes and sizes. A main course of three potato cakes was beautifully decorated – the spicy seafood toppings did a decent job of livening up what would otherwise be dollops of cold mash. Unfamiliar names and unusual combinations litter the menu, such as the chupe (seafood chowder) of black quinoa, king prawns, broad beans and giant corn, and leave you wondering if you’ll ever order a burger again. On weekdays 8am to 11am there are Peruvian-style breakfasts, and a brunch menu’s served at weekends. But Andina’s better in the evening, when the bar attracts a lively mix of well-dressed Peruvians on both the small ground floor and in the bar of the much larger basement dining room. The upbeat music is spot-on – Andina’s owner is a former DJ and music biz honcho – while the pisco sour (Peru’s national cocktail of pisco spirit with lime juice and frothed egg white) is quite peerless.
Reviewed by Guy Dimond
Andina 1 Redchurch Street
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Open 8am-11pm Mon-Fri; 10am-11pm Sun
Rail: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
- 1 Redchurch Street
- 7920 6499
- 1 Redchurch Street
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3.7 / 5
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I visited Andina for a business lunch last Friday. The place was full and had a lovely atmosphere - I saw that other restaurants in the area were much emptier as well which was good to note! Our table shared some ceviches to start, these were really fresh and got our tastebuds excited. For a main I ate tried the potato cakes - Causas Amantani which were like nothing I'd really eaten before! It was great to leave a place feeling full and refreshed before an afternoon at work. I'd definitely re-visit - especially for brunch as the menu looked so tempting!
Took my girlfriend here for dinner. She wasn't happy sitting at a counter so the staff moved us to a table no problem at all. Was impressed with attitudes and the atmosphere. Had lomo to eat - steak was really really tasty and had obviously been marinated as advertised on menu because the meat was very tender. My girlfriend was really happy with her quinoa burger as well, judging by the speed she ate it!
I'm an artist and I'd seen pictures online of Andina so was really looking forward to seeing the decor. Especially the art-work. I explained to staff my interest and I got my own mini tour, it was fantastic! Most impressive was the music room at the back of the top floor of the restaurant. Its a really colorful showcase of Peruvian records - I'm definitely going to throw a party in there! To eat I had some of the lunch time salads which was a sort of mixed assortment. All were really tasty with some hidden chilli kick! Great stuff!
I visited for breakfast and was really happy to have started my day off here! The smoothie I tried was an amazing color - bright green! - and tasted so fresh. I was very tempted by their 'pig butty' but decided to stay healthy and ate quinoa porridge instead. It was beautifully presented with fresh fruit and the flavor was lovely. There were so many healthy options on the menu and I left feeling really invigorated. Will definitely go back, especially for a week-day pick-me-up breakfast!
Very POOR and Over priced! My wife had the Lomo (Ribeye steak with mint sauce, whats with the mint sauce) it did not taste like Peruvian Lomo (not made with mint (at £20 for a normal sized steak and a couple of chips) it was way over priced. I had Aji de Gallina (Chicken in a yellow peruvian chilli & peanut sauce) The sauce was actualy very spicy hot, Yellow Peruvian Chillis are Not hot, they are very mild and normally full of flavour, this was very Hot and minimal flavour. The Ceviche was not a Ceviche. A Ceviche is raw fish marinated in Lime/lemon juice for between 1-5hrs depending on the region of Peru, we got just Raw fish (not marinated) and a small bowl of Lime juice. The also added rock hard Advocado pieces (unedible). All that poor quality for £51 and no hint of Peruvian food. The waiter was not interest in our comments, even though my wife is Peruvian.
A lovely little restaurant with a very good atmosphere and nice staff. The Service was excellent. The food was a little bit extravagant, so if you like to try out new things this is for you. However, if you aren't into spicy food, there is not much on the menu that isn't with chilly or a bit spicy. Also, there are only few dishes that involve meat. The dessert was amazing though! We had the chocolate cake and it was simply brilliant! I will definitely return for Cocktails, dessert and the ambience. The food portions weren't as big, so we were still a little hungry after finishing our food. But in total it was a nice experience and something totally different from what we knew.
I was really pleased to stumble across this beautiful new Peruvian place. the menu has lots of great interest stuff on it and for once it isn't all wheat and dairy based. The Quinoa porridge with berries was great and believe it or not the green smoothie with avocado, spinach and fruit was too. The staff was very friendly and the decorations are beautiful
I had breakfast at Andina last week and it was absolutely delicious! The Peruvian Porridge (made with quinoa, fruit and spices) was divine; warming and creamy with a delightful clove-y aroma that paired perfectly with the fresh berries on top, and my sister's quinoa dumpling was just the right side of spicy to compliment the combination of the moist quinoa and melted cheese centre. The choice is great, including a pork roll which sounded good enough to make me doubt my vegetarianism, or sourdough toast with Peruvian jam if you're feeling less adventurous. The setting is stylish and welcoming, with little Peruvian touches to make it unique, and it's very easy to get to, on Redchurch St off Shoreditch High St. I'll definitely be going back to try their full dinner menu, or their weekend brunch which would be the perfect break from a Saturday morning stint at the nearby Spitalfields market.