Ceviche Old St

Restaurants, Peruvian Old Street
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A City branch of Martin Morales' popular Peruvian pisco bar and restaurant.

Ceviche numero uno has been a huge success in Soho, and numero dos seems headed the same way. It has the same winning formula of great drinks, great food and smooth, sunny service. Add a primo location (two minutes from Silicon Roundabout - Old Street tube) and it’s no wonder the customers have been packed in like marinated sardines.

The new venue occupies the ground floor of the former Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms, built in 1898 to feed the poor of the area. Original features have been retained, including the wall tiles.

The cocktail list is dominated by the Peruvian spirit pisco. In addition to the classic pisco sour, they make a number of original drinks and a quartet of ‘Impostors’: pisco-based versions of classic drinks including negronis. The non-alcoholic cocktails are great. There’s little danger of drinking anything boring.

Even if you’re just here for a drink, do eat something: both snacks and small plates are unbelievably good. If you get only one thing, make it tequeños de ají de gallina, deep-fried pastry parcels filled with creamy chicken (£4.50).

The catch is that it’s easy to spend lots of time here – and therefore lots of dosh. When we ambled in on a Sunday afternoon, several tables had finished eating and were clearly well into the cocktail phase. An hour later, they were still there. 

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Ceviche Old St says
Ceviche Old St is the newest restaurant from chef, restaurateur and author Martin Morales, who kick-started London’s Peruvian restaurant revolution with Ceviche Soho, followed by Andina in Shoreditch.

The stunning new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar allows guests to enjoy the theatre of cooking.
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By: Richard Ehrlich

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Venue name: Ceviche Old St
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Address: 2 Baldwin Street
London
EC1V 9NU
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri noon-midnight; Sat-Sun 11am-midnight.
Transport: Tube: Old Street
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Nat J
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I went to Ceviche Old Street last weekend to try their Pisco cocktails! It was my first time and it was absolutely delicious! It's exactly the kind of restaurant that I love, really intimist with a good atmosphere and a really good service!

I will definitely go back !

Lilli
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Tastemaker

Ceviche´s food is always fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. The ceviches are to die for, as are the salads. Also go ahead and try the rotisserie chicken, it had great flavor and seems to be a bit under appreciated. The Old Street branch is much larger and more airy than the Soho branch, or its sister restaurant Andina on Shoreditch High Street. Staff were always friendly and helpful, too.

Emily M
tastemaker

Absolutely adore this place. I went with a friend for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. It was quiet which meant the atmosphere wasn't as great as when you go at night but it meant the service was amazing. The manager was great with her recommendations and I even ended up buying the cook book (which I used later that night). Each dish was incredibly fresh and bursting with zesty flavour and just the right amount of spice. The cocktails were delicious and really complimented the food. Go for the grilled octopus, the sea bream and the scallops. To die for. 

Amanda F
tastemaker

Such a fan of this place, the food is so fresh and delicious, situated in a really wonderful and relaxed setting, the staff are excellent and attentive but not in your face.

Laura B
tastemaker

It was my first trip to Ceviche and I very much enjoyed all the food - the scallop ceviche was particularly delicious. My pisco sour was also excellent. Overall very good, but most of the dishes are small so the bill racks up pretty rapidly!!

Vishaal V
Tastemaker

Great selection of small dishes including many flavours that I have not encountered before such as tiger's milk. It was great for vegetarians with 8-10 different options. Need to order 3-4 dishes per person. The Old St branch is less busy than Soho, so better bet for a large group I think.

Georgie
Tastemaker

If Ceviche were a film, it would be called "How To Lose £100 in 45 Minutes"... This place is incredibly expensive for what it is. Don't get me wrong, the food is absolutely delicious and the pisco sours are stunning, but at a lunchtime for 2 people with a semi-big appetite, it only takes about 5 dishes (small and designed for sharing) and a few cocktails to push you into the £100 bill bracket. While the ingredients are fresh and the presentation simply stunning, the dishes being priced at over £10 per plate mean you struggle not to rack up a large bill if you are in any way hungry.

The ceviche selection is fantastic (though of the 3 ceviche dishes we ordered, none were *really* ceviche) and the flavours are outstanding, with beautiful sauces that host a gentle kick of spice alongside seabass, and gorgeously cooling coconut emulsions that compliment the sweet flavours of langoustine and plantain, it can't be denied that this is fine food. It's just not the kind of fine food you can enjoy with any regularity, unless you have deep pockets, which is a shame!

Daniel L
Tastemaker

Came to the old street branch after dining at the Soho one. I feel this place has less of a peruvian vibe but if you really want to hear yourself this is much better than the Soho cousin. You can actually hear yourself and don't have to worry about knocking into another table's pisco sour when going to the toilet. Prices are reasonable but really not the cheapest. Definitely come here for a good time and a special occasion. The specials and seasonals are always one to look out for as well, which complement the strong array of staples already available. Service is great too!

Will S

Loved the Pisco sours and the atmosphere! We sat right by the open kitchen and saw all of the stations firing out dishes. It is the first time I have tried Peruvian cuisine and I was blown away by the flavour combinations and freshness. We went all out so the bill was a little on the expensive side but I will revisit once I have had a loan approved. Well worth it!

Jason James

What a cracking place. Loved it. It might initially look like it's quite expensive but you know what? We ate and drank really well and only spent about £40 a head. Definitely recommended.

Matilda Egere-Cooper

Write a review...I came here when it first opened and I've promised myself I'd be back sooner than later.  The food and drink are obviously delish, but I particularly love what they've done with the interiors.  Very artsy and worth the visit.  

Olga T

Really good and authentic food, warm ambient and very good service. I had a great night with my boyfriend! I definitely will be back many many times!!

JPMD

Though I have yet to sample their food selections, I was fortunate enough to indulge in the Pisco Old-Fashioned. If you haven't yet tried it, I highly recommend it as it has a serious punch to it whilst being truly smooth and refreshing. The ambiance of the interior made me want to stay for longer than I was able to. The staff were extremely friendly and I look forward to returning to sample their food very soon...along with another Pisco Old-Fashioned again. ;-)

Sonya Barber

This is fast becoming one of my favourite restaurants in London. The staff are always friendly, the pisco-based negronis (made with pisco gin!) are a revelation and the food menu changes so often that I keep having to go back to try it. Luckily the corn cakes and Don Ceviche seem to be sticking around. Order them and a Pisco Sour and you're winning life. 

VanessaEP
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I'm from Peru, and i will go to London to try some food there. I can't wait!!!