Ceviche Old St

Restaurants, Peruvian Old Street
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)
Ceviche Old St (© Paul Winch-Furness)
© Paul Winch-Furness

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
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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4.6 / 5

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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 !

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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.

Tastemaker

Fantastic food, with amazing flavour and expertly cooked! Came here for my 25th birthday, and it felt like a very nice restaurant! 


The food was served very quickly, with a lot of tapas dishes on the menu. Ideal for sharing all dishes: dig in and get messy! The ceviche was absolutely delicious!! With tender fish, which wasnt overpowering. We had duck, rotisserie chicken, beef hearts and chicken dumplings. 


The house special punch was so unbelievable!! Sweet, strong and completely moreish... the liquid elixir version of a siren song. WOW.


Only thing with this, was the price tag... very expensive for small portions. However, it can be justified for special occasions.


tastemaker

This is a great place for food and the food is lovely - well cooked and full of flavours.  The menu is relatively small, but you will find at least a few dishes that take your fancy.  The ceviches are all great and I also loved the pumpkin doughnuts were a delight!

tastemaker

Ceviche would have been perfect if it hadn't been for the poor service...


I love ceviche (as in the food) and the namesake restaurant had been on my list of places to visit for a while. The food is incredible; it looks great and tastes even better, and I think as far as value for money goes it's pretty good compared to other places in London. I went as a group so we went for a mixed sharing feast of things, the highlights of which have got to be the Pastel de Choclo (a Corn and feta cheese savoury cake), the Arroz con Pato (duck breast) and of course ALL of their ceviche bar dishes. The Pisco Sours were also perfectly mixed and went down well with the food.


The restaurant itself was brilliantly laid out; a kind of traditional checkered tiled floor, bar and tables clashed with walls adorned with very kitsch art and prints by Peruvian artists only and all of these were up for sale. But then there was the service; the two guys seeing to us were very friendly but fairly incompetent and slow which left a sour (not pisco) taste in our mouths.


All in all, I'm going to assume the poor service was a one-off as I've only ever heard good things about Ceviche; the food more than saved the overall experience and as such, I would recommend it and go back but it has to be a 4/5 from me this time around.



Tastemaker

I had been wanting to try out ceviche for a while and after dinner here one weeknight, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the food. The flavour combinations are incredible, the fresh quality ingredients undeniable and intense colours in the dishes are simply glamorous. The staff were attentive, apart from one waiter forgetting an item which was then added onto our bill twice, when I requested it again from another waiter, but thankfully I always check my bill – top tip – and the waiter apologised! Regardless of that, the service was quick, cocktails were tasty and it has to be said again, the food was glorious. The Aji de Gallina Tequenos (creamy chicken wonton fritters) were wonderful whilst we perused the menu with a cocktail and every dish we tried from the ceviche bar was superb, Don Ceviche possibly being my favourite but it’s too tough to decide. I’m defiantly heading to the Soho branch soon.

tastemaker

Innovative and artistic the food at Ceviche is an instagrammers dream. Dishes full of fresh flavors and vibrant colors one cannot help but compliment this restaurant. Me and a friend shared tuna tartare, stone bass and chicken. The stone bass had to be the highlight; it melted in the mouth and was accompanied with a sour green jelly, some sort of curried aubergine and rokit.

The chicken however was pretty irrelevant as this is restaurant specialises in seafood I thought it was pointless having a dish on the menu that let the rest of the meal down. Additionally the waiters were good but had quite a cold attitude which also let the experience down but it wasn't a deal breaker and I would go again. 

So all in all land creatures not so good but the sea food was excellent and worth going to try.

tastemaker

A great little find.... amazing pisco sours with helpful and friendly staff. The ceviche is also great... Japanese, mexican spice and classic were all on the flight which we shared along with some bar snacks. Would definitely recommend. 

tastemaker

Great restuarant! The food was delicious - small tasting plates came our way and each dish was an exciting yet tasty combination of flavours. The drinks were really good, with Pisco sours being our favourite choice for the night. Our waiter was professional and very knowledgeable and happy to explain the dishes to us when we asked. The venue has some interesting art works which are up for sale, which is a great way to showcase different artists. Overall, a great experience. 

tastemaker

Incredible at all times of the day - brunch, lunch, dinner ;) This is probably my favourite restaurant in London. I prefer the one in Soho because of the location, but the great thing about this restaurant is the space - it's so big that you don't usually have to wait for a table. The atmosphere, the presentation and taste of food, the decor - it's all amazing! The food is fresh, light and delicious. The portions are served tapa style - small amounts that you can share with friends. If you like a varied cuisine, try new tastes, and enjoy great food and drinks with friends than this is place is for you. P.s - Don't forget to order a pisco sour when you arrive!

tastemaker

As Pisco Sours in London go, Ceviche is probably offering the best. This was my second time coming to Ceviche Old Street and I can't say a bad word about the service and staff; still upbeat, pleasant and that level of cheeky that doesn't over step the mark. Our drinks came out from the bar in super speed, followed shortly by our order. Totally fell in the "tapas trap" of ordering way too many plates than our tiny table could handle - especially for just two of us on a Tuesday night - so I'd recommend a plate and side each with maybe one sharer between two. That. Or get a bigger table. The Don Ceviche is magnificent, the pork succulent, the lamb beautifully seasoned, but sadly the duck a bit too fatty for my liking.

Tastemaker

Finally got around to visiting Ceviche recently and what a treat. The setting is beautiful, an old dining house for London's poor, it's rather ironic that it's now home to a relatively fancy place. The ceviche is of course delicious, but my fave had to be the lamb with chocolate crumb. Contrary to popular opinion, I was a bit disappointed by the scallops finding them to be rather bland and overpowered by the beetroot. However, this was by far redeemed by the dessert of pumpkin doughnuts with ice cream and syrup, absolutely divine, wish I could get them delivered! Service was top notch, relaxed and unpretentious, but attentive and friendly. 

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. 

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.

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!!

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.

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!

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!


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!


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.


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.  


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!!


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. ;-)


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. 

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