Butifarra - CLOSED

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An all-day Peruvian café in the heart of Soho.

Please note, Butifarra is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink Editors, July 2017.

Squished between Soho’s all-day buffets and grubby, perennially packed pubs is Butifarra, a casual all-day café specialising in the eponymous South American snack. In truth, they specialise in just a few things; the brief menu only includes food that they make very well indeed.

A ‘butifarra’ is a Peruvian ham sandwich. They’re traditionally made with slices of spiced ‘jamón del país’ and a sort of red onion relish called ‘salsa criolla’. Here, you’ll choose from hot options beef short rib and roast pork or from a few cold-cut combinations, each of which is topped with a generous spread of sweet potato mayonnaise, fresh lettuce and that sharp, crisp red onion. Soft bread, quality fillings, a gentle crunch; everything you want in a filled roll. It even comes with crisps. They do corn bread just as well; a chicken and chorizo arepa from the all-day brunch menu is essentially a delicious, squidgy club sarnie.

Weirdly, though, given the name, it’s Butifarra’s ceviche you should visit for. Perfectly fresh, not too sharp and very affordable at £6 a portion, it’s an unpretentious taste of Peru that the owners are clearly very proud of. It’s a shame they’re not as bothered about pudding, but do pick up a crumbly little ‘alfajor’ biscuit, if only for the dulce de leche filling.

There’s no booze on the menu but for £5 corkage you can bring a bottle of wine, making it a bargain dinner spot, especially in spenny Soho. Whatever time of day you visit you’ll be well fed and warmly greeted by the eager-to-please staff. Comforting, cheap, delicious and interesting: this Butifarra ain’t your usual ham sandwich.

By: Ashleigh Arnott


Venue name: Butifarra - CLOSED
Address: 24 Rupert Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £30.
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Small shop in central Soho area, few steps from Leicester Square. Peruvian kitchen in the menu and cosy space with just 4 tables. Cheap eats here, with the traditional Butifarra sandwich at £6 and freshly made quinoa salad at £3.5. Butifarra sandwich is just delicious: slow cooked slices of pork with onions and peruvian sauce and bread above and beneath. Food available also as take away as well as BYOBooze (bring your own drinks for £5/person).


I have only tried ceviche once before and surprisingly really enjoyed it so was very excited to try this place. PLUS I have seen photos of Butifarra's butifarra on Yelp several times in the past few weeks and have been dying to try one!

Butifarra is named after the popular Peruvian sandwich (a roll full of slow-cooked meat) and is a small and colourful take out restaurant. The place is BYOBooze, with a £5 corkage fee, however I am not sure it is the sort of place you would sit down to enjoy a meal - as advertised it is a fast food casual eatery. 

I managed to sample most of the menu - 2 different butifarra's and the sea bream ceviche. The butifarra are DELICIOUS. Packed full of meat, in a toasted soft bun, with onion and 2 homemade sauces. They sell butifarra with a choice of 5 fillings; duck, roasted veg, beef, pork or chicken & chorizo and then top it with the sauces, onions and lettuce. The sweet potato mayo is absolutely the ONE and really makes the sandwich. Well worth the £6-7 price tag.

Their famous sea bream ceviche which is served with lettuce, sweet potato, giant corn and crunchy corn was OKKKK however a little fishy for me. It is also served chunky not sliced as I have had it before. Their homemade tigers milk however made it a reasonable dish - punchy and full of flavour. 

Along side the food, they sell cold pressed juices. They have 4 different flavours which are jam packed full of fruits (lots I hadn't heard of like noni and lucuma). I tried a few and all were refreshing, vibrant and reasonable value at £3.

Finally to finish they sell alfajores, which are melt in your mouth DELICIOUS. Crumbly, yummy shortbread filled with dolce de leche - MMMMM. And at £1 each they are seriously good value!

I was really impressed with the friendly, helpful staff, the decor and the space they had created in their little shop on Rupert Street. I will definitely be back for their butifarra and the alfajores!