Really authentic and really friendly service. One of the starters wasn't to our taste but our host didn't charge us for it, everything else was really tasty and interesting! Really recommend it for a bit of a different dining experience!
Elephant & Castle
© Ben Rowe
18 Amelia Street, Walworth, SE17 3PY
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Sep 19 2013
Beneath a budget hotel off Walworth Road, Emanuel celebrates Peru with vim and vigour. Folk or salsa music increases in volume as you descend the staircase to the brightly lit basement. Here, the red and white of the Peruvian flag dominate: white walls and floor tiles, white paper on red tablecloths.
Videos of treasured vocalists play on the TV. Such concentrated nostalgia finds favour with the Peruvian clientele, some of whom sing along. We’ve yet to find better renditions of Peruvian cooking in London. All the classics are here, which makes picking starters especially difficult. Ceviche is the obvious choice, but what about the chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder) from the astoundingly cheap set lunch that our neighbours were relishing? Papa a la huancaina won out, and the entirely authentic, dense yellow boiled potatoes covered in spicy, creamy, cheesy sauce didn’t disappoint.
Main courses are mostly plain (meat and rice assemblies, or fried fish), excepting the superb arroz de mariscos: squid, red pepper and plump prawns in a mound of turmeric-coloured rice, with a scallop shell full of ‘tiger’s milk’ (the salty, lime-juice ceviche marinade) with raw red onions. Topped by two giant prawns, and flanked by two mussels, the dish looked as good as it tasted. Drink Cusqueña negra beer or Inca Kola, round off with intensely sweet dulce de leche, and leave with a dance to your step.
Emanuel 18 Amelia Street
- Venue phone:
020 3556 0670
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-5pm Mon-Thur; noon-3pm Sun. Meals served noon-10pm Fri, Sat
Tube: Elephant & Castle tube/rail
Main courses £9.95-£13.95. Set lunch (noon-4pm Mon-Fri) £7 2 courses incl soft drink
- 18 Amelia Street
- 020 3556 0670
- 18 Amelia Street
Average User Rating
4 / 5
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I have visited this restaurant couple of times, recommended by various of my peruvian friends and I must say the quality of the food and the service are both excellent. If you want to try a different cuisine with authentic dishes and affordable prices this is the place to go, also works well for family reunions. There are many others Peruvian restaurants now in town however this for quality/price stands out from the crowd.
One of the best peruvian restaurants in london There are just a few but peruvian gastronomy is invading the world at the moment And this place is excellent Good service and the food is great Thanks time out fr this information
I was there for the first time last Saturday and all I can say is praise --yes, I am Peruvian, but there's no more merciless food critic of my own country's food than yours truly. The reviewer failed to mention the freshness of the ingredients, which is to be commended especially because any foodie who has ever been to Peru can attest that -unlike some posh pseudo-Peruvian fare found around Fitzrovia- most dishes at Emanuel are astonishingly close to the original ones 10,000 miles away. And I beg to differ with her again, even if the fish seabass dice may have "lacked sufficient flavour punch" for her trained taste: that's the way we have cooked and enjoyed it in Peru for hundreds of years. I do not give them a fifth star because I did not like their use of vegetable oil in our typical "ajicito", and the camote in our ceviches was under par, but I want to thank Emanuel for having placed a smile in a couple of homesick Peruvians. 4/5 and que viva el Perú carajo.