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Bored with burgers? Tired of tapas? Then let Andina shimmy up your tastebuds with its Peruvian-inspired ceviches, street food, cocktails, and colourful smoothies. Peruvian food only started to make waves in London in 2012, when a couple of smart, aspirational restaurants – Lima and Ceviche – opened within months of each other in the West End. Ceviche is the more affordable of these two, a Soho bar and diner with a menu of dishes seldom seen on our shores. Andina is Ceviche’s second branch, but rather than imitating its older Soho sibling, it has new tricks, some of them inspired by the food of the Andes.
Peruvian food is regionally diverse, but ceviches are enjoyed everywhere. 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, and it’s a proper palate‑cleanser. New World staples are well-represented: the giant Peruvian popcorn snack called cancha is a must-try; and potatoes appear in many forms. 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 potato 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 – never a dull mouthful.
Andina is as much a bar as a restaurant, attracting a lively mix of well-dressed Peruvians on both the smaller ground floor and in the bar of the much larger basement dining room. The pisco sour (Peru’s national cocktail of pisco spirit with lime juice and frothed egg white) is peerless. The upbeat music is well-chosen; Andina’s owner is a former DJ and music biz honcho. On weekdays 8-11am (last orders 10.45) Peruvian-style breakfasts are served, while at weekends a brunch menu can be ordered from 10am to 4pm.
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Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
- 5 star:15
- 4 star:23
- 3 star:11
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:3
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.
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.
I took some friends to Andina, as I've been before and I like the food, plus it's my local. Sadly, two out of the many dishes we ordered did not arrive, so we politely mentioned this to the staff a couple of times. Finally the waitress brought over a server who swore she'd served them to us (she hadn't) and basically said we'd eaten them already.
When we pointed out again that we hadn't they said they would look at the CCTV cameras!
Later the manageress came and also stated that where they were concerned we had been served those missing dishes. The next door table started staring at us by then! Following a long conversation, finally the manageress agreed to bring us said dishes, but when the bill came it not only included the disputed starters, but also a service charge. We paid the full bill, but not the service charge (which was already included in the bill), but then the same waitress told us that we still owed money as we hadn't paid the service charge, which she said was obligatory. We pointed out this is against UK law, so we had to wait again for the manageress who then agreed with us and told us we could leave.
And leave we did, but not before pointing out to the manageress that her staff were poorly trained, we had been unfairly accused of lying 3 times and we were illegally told we were obliged to pay the service charge. I shall never go back there again. Awful end to what was a beautiful evening with friends.
Delicious Peruvian food with slightly eccentric flavours. Definitely not something I'd tried before!
My favourite taste of Peru was named after Martin Morales grandmother, a strong lady, an ‘Andina’. Fresh ingredients have been inspired by her encomiendas, a basket of superfoods including quinoa, chia and purple maze, that she shared with friends. Paired with the best of British produce, the results are outstanding. It’s recommended to choose about 3 dishes per person. At about £6-12 a plate, prices can add up but rest assured you don’t need 3 each… we got our choices down to 8 between the 3 of us and I couldn’t have eaten another bite. Each dish was as fresh and full of flavour as the last, our favourites being the hot and spicy Yana Ceviche, Chancho Con Mani (crispy pork belly) and Pudin de Maiz (poached egg and British bacon perched on a soft corn souffle).
Vegan options were decent
Food was OK
Service was par
Overall atmosphere was pleasant
Likely to return
We were seated very quickly, the service was friendly, quick and helpful. They had a separate vegan menu with a good selection of dishes on it which is always nice. The food was delicious, a good range of different flavours and textures between the different dishes. I would highly recommend this place to others.
Great restaurant! We arrived really late at a Saturday, staff were lovely and found us a corner to have dinner; our waiter advised and picked a great selection of dishes, all amazing!! Will be back for sure!!
Very unusual. Great cocktails, get space by the bar not restaurant. more fun! Food is tapas so perfect to share with friends
I visited Andina because I like it's other restaurant Ceviche in Soho so much. I wasn't expecting Andina to be as good, purely because I love Ceviche so much but it was great! The food is really different, they both serve Ceviche's but they're very different from each other and the flavours used at Andina are more unusual. I stuck with pisco sour drinks because I know them well and they were just as nice at Andina. The hot dishes were very unusual my favourite was a spicy chicken dish with rice and potatoes. The sauce was creamy, cheesy and chilli - so tasty! For dessert we had Peruvian doughnuts. I would go back for them alone! They were divine!
I visited Andina in the week and was really impressed by the menu, the tapas style is great as you can explore some unusual dishes alongside the classics.
The ceviche was lovely and tasted very fresh but also enjoyed the quinoa burger, of course all washed down with their delicious and famous Pisco sours!
Really want to go back again and will try brunch soon which looks brilliant.
The service was good, the staff were able to advise on some of the more unusual dishes and the busy atmosphere (even on a Monday night) was great and added to the ambiance!
Looking forward to returning soon.
I went to Andina on very sunny weekend and the top floor was beautifully sunny and airy. We had brunch menu and we were pleasantly surprised by the different and intriguing flavours. It was great to try something a bit different and would definitely go back to try their evening menu. Great service too.
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!
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.
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