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Señor Ceviche

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The first permanent venue for this popular Peruvian pop-up.

You know what they say: practice makes perfect. And Harry Edmeades, aka Señor Ceviche, has had plenty of practice. In 2012, after a stint at Lima’s renowned ceviche restaurant El Mercado, the 25-year-old British chef came back to London and started Don Ceviche, a pop-up with just five ceviches (raw fish cured in citrus juice). Then he spent another two years perfecting and expanding the menu before launching this ‘proper’ restaurant.

Señor Ceviche is in Kingly Court, a faux-historic shopping courtyard just off Carnaby Street. But it’s not in an ‘easy’ ground-floor site, which would guarantee passing trade to an ice-cream shop in winter. It’s a first-floor venue, which you have to go out of your way to find. But be assured, this cheery place is worth climbing the stairs for.

The large dining room is bright, open-plan and pretty. Sure, there are obvious design points, such as overhead venting ducts and the ubiquitous open kitchen but, rather than going all Soho-by-numbers, this is a slick London take on Lima’s boho Barranco District, with patterned floor tiles and chicha street-art posters the colour of highlighter pens.

Dishes are equally vibrant. ‘Spaniard’ ceviche added just-cooked king prawns and crunchy chorizo to the sea bream in its tomato-laced citrus-chilli marinade (‘tiger’s milk’). There are terrific anticuchos (chargrilled skewers), such as daringly pink-middled beef steak with smoky chilli sauce. Even quinoa salad – a dish that, let’s face it, normally wears socks with its sandals – impressed with zingy, perfectly textured grains, al dente veg and crunchy corn. Only one grumble: they could have been more generous with the promised ‘crumbly queso’.

And the final ‘Olé!’? A passion fruit posset whose sweet, sharp and creamy base came topped with teeny-tiny pieces of dehydrated mango and – get this – a scattering of popping candy.

The music is upbeat, the staff almost improbably good-natured. Cocktails have plenty of Latin spirit. So, señor, muchas gracias! We’ll be back. Wouldn’t want you to get out of practice.

 

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Señor Ceviche
Address: Kingly Court
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W1B 5PW
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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tastemaker

Since the menu was set out tapas style, we opted to pick a few dishes from each different section to get a good variety of food and flavours. Under the ‘Para Picar’ section, we got the Calamares and the Coliflor Quemado. The former was essentially the Peruvian version of calamari (deep fried baby squid) served with a pickled jalapeño sauce on the side, which complemented the squid well. At first I thought it was a form of avocado mayonnaise but it was so much better! As for the latter, this was burnt cauliflower with a spicy salsa and sesame sour cream on the side. I didn’t think much of this because the flavours didn’t really stand out to me. It was yummy but nothing to shout about in my opinion.


We ordered three types of ceviche from the ‘Ceviche & Tiradito’ section. These were the Classico, the Señor Ceviche and The Spaniard. As the name reads, the first was a classic version of ceviche. It was marinated in a traditional spicy and sour dressing and topped with a slice of fried plantain, raw red onions and coriander. I thought this was delicious, until I had the second one and that really blew me away! The Señor Ceviche was my favourite of the three we tried because it had a slightly spicier marinade in my opinion. The last ceviche we got had a bit of a Spanish twist to it, as the name would suggest. This was pretty much like the classic ceviche but with bits of chorizo sausage as well as pieces of prawn. It was nothing to shout about either because I couldn’t really taste the flavours of the chorizo.


Also from the ‘Ceviche & Tiradito’ section, we ordered the BBQ Jerusalem Artichoke. I was pretty excited to have this because I love artichokes but it was a bit of a let down. It tasted quite ordinary to me but perhaps that’s because I had already had a taste of three other types of ceviche before this.


Under the ‘Peruvian Barbecue’ section, we went for the Anticucho de Res and the Pollo a la Brasa. The former was definitely a new experience for me – grilled beef’s heart! I’m quite an adventurous eater so I was pretty excited to try this out and it did not disappoint. It was really flavourful eaten on its own and it smelled amazing! This dish came with some sweet potato mayonnaise and red cabbage, which both went well with the beef heart. The latter was simply grilled chicken served with coriander yogurt. This was also done really well because the skin on the chicken was nicely charred and still crispy when we ate it.


As for the ‘Sides & Salads’, we decided to go for an order of the Patatas Fritas. This was a generous bowl of sweet potato fries topped with a spicy mayonnaise and fresh spring onions. These have got to be some of the best sweet potato fries I’ve had in a while! The spicy mayonnaise on top was a good compliment and I liked the addition of fresh spring onions to keep things light and fresh.


At this point, I believe we all felt rather full from everything we had so we decided to skip dessert BUT we did get drinks. Staying traditionally Peruvian, we all went for a Pisco Sour. I decided to have the Passion Fruit Pisco Sour, as per our waitress’s recommendation. This was a lovely cocktail – not too sweet and had a lovely froth on top due to the egg white content.


The service was great – our waitress talked us through the menu, as it was our first time at this restaurant and had some pretty good recommendations for us. It was also pretty fast to get our food after we ordered even though it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was clearly fully booked. I had a lovely experience last night and I think I’ll definitely be coming back to get my ceviche/Peruvian food fix in the future!


 I discovered this restaurant whilst out and about in the carnaby street area...I saw the menu outside and thought sensible prices, so I decided to take my hubby there for a treat, as he had spent 2 years in Peru as a volunteer re-building a town after an earthquake...

When we got there we were seated at a table for two right at the back, near the toilets, I would not have minded, BUT we were virtually ignored by the staff. We had to hail down a waitress and waiter several times and they just went straight past us, even though they had to pass us to get to the kitchen....they were more interested in the table that had 6 people on it rather than our table for 2.

We ordered Lomo Saltado and ceviche When we were finally served the portions we got were miniscule...would not feed a mouse... We asked for pisco sour they said they had none....we asked for chica morado, they said they had none....so we asked for inka cola....finally they had that..

Then we got the bill.... quite heavy for such a tiny meal....i went away feeling still hungry and very disappointed, I had to apologize to my hubby as I felt I had let him down...as he is used to real peruvian food...proper big plates. 

We will NEVER go back, there are better restaurants in london...we found one in THE ELEPHANT AND CASTLE... it is plain, no frills, just like in peru, plain table, little decor, plain chairs... and serves real peruvians, this is where they come to eat...you do need to speak spanish.


Just came back from the Kingly Street branch and what a lovely charming place. The food is great and the staff adorably bubbly and they know their food. We loved everything but the pork belly was awesome! Recommend a thousand times! 7 starters to share + 1 cocktail each + 1 dessert to share..£45 each.

tastemaker

Señor Ceviche is all about sharing, so better to go in groups of 4 or more. Their menu is not overly complicated, 3 to 4 dishes per section. Their best sellers: Señor Ceviche – Sea bass and octopus ceviche with aji amarillo tiger’s milk, sweet potato purée, avocado, coriander, red onion & crispy baby squid. Coliflor Quemado – Burnt cauliflower with aji limo & piquillo pepper salsa and sesame soured cream. Flat Iron Y Nikkei Uchucuta -Papaya marinated flat iron steak with pickled shiitake mushroom & uchucuta sauce and Repollo a la Parrilla – Charred hispi cabbage with burnt butter, garlic miso & roasted pecans.


First things first, cocktails, they have their signatures and classics. I went for a more classic Melocolada – 1615 Pisco, Malibu, Peach Juice and Coconut Milk – not for the faint hearted. It was mighty strong!!! If you love Malibu, then this is your best friend, I did enjoy it. The ice diluted it though, nonetheless, it was a taste of paradise.

For starters and mains, I ordered practically from what I mentioned apart from the flat steak, instead, I opted for Super Pollo – Marinated & grilled corn fed chicken leg with rocotto salsa.

Now firstly, the ceviche was banging!!! That for me was the highlight of my lunch, it was limey, sour, pinch and punch in the mouth, but most of all that fish was cooked to perfection!!! Oh and that tigers milk, woooooooow, not going to lie, I literally slurped it with my spoon! WOW WOW WOW like fireworks in my mouth! 


The Coliflor Quemado was also very nice, the piquillo salsa and the soured cream was too good, like little burst of flavours, not too overpowering, and the burnt cauliflower was delicate, soft, and juicy. It kept me going back for more.

The chicken was good, I liked the charred bits more, it was again soft, but moist too. Not too big of a portion, perfect for one or sharing. The salsa it came with was moreish, I always find the chicken leg is probably the best, just because it has bags of flavour! Definitely, recommend this for the chick connoisseur.

Lastly, for the sides, I also got the Patatas Fritas – Sweet Potato Fries with aji rocotto mayo. Let’s be honest and say no one in their right mind can mess up fries!!!

However, my least favourite was the Repollo a la Parrilla – the cabbage kimchi thing, it was hideous!!! When I say hideous, I mean it was not to my tasting! It was far too sweet and I know it has pine nuts in it, but that really killed it for me! There were no other flavours apart from the sweetness. They state that it has garlic miso, but where… there was no taste of it!! It was just too boring for my liking!

Let’s talk about dessert, there are only two options, which is the best thing!! Choose from Dulce de Leche or Tarta de Queso. I opted of course for the Tarta which is a Passion Fruit and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Chicha Morada Syrup. It’s picture perfect with a little edible flower for decoration. I liked that there was a thick layer of the cheesecake filling and less of the oaty biscuit layer, that is a plus in my book! It melted in my mouth, the passion fruit with the zesty notes of lime was delish! It was heavenly, to say the least! The syrup was nice, it actually worked really well with the lime zest. Definitely, a portion for two though, even though I managed to wipe the bowl clean! I could do with another!   

It was slightly expensive, but a great food experience nonetheless, better to come in a group, so you can practically try out the whole menu. 



tastemaker

We weren't too hungry, and looked for somewhere that served smaller portions for sharing. This was a perfect find in Kingly Court. The flavours were well balanced, and the small plates gave us enough variety on a hot summer eve. Well not exactly a complaint, the ribs were massive compared to the other dishes. Would be keen to head back when we're more hungry to try a few more of the dishes!

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Charlotte street is home to the latest Senior Ceviche branch. I decided to expand my tastebuds to Peruvian food and I wasn't disappointed. I went in for a variety of choices and ordered Chifa Chicharrones, Calamares, Señor Ceviche for starters. I would definitely recommend the calamares and chicharrones. I'm not into raw fish but would recommend the Senor Ceviche for those that are. For mains the Pachamanca Pork Ribs, Flat iron y nikkei uchucuta, Super Pollo, Patatas Fritas served me very well. Each deliciousky made and extremely well presented. The pics do not lie :) For desert I ordered the creme brûlée but unfortunately it didn't do it for me as the top layer didn't crack :( never settle for creme brûlée that doesn't crack at the top. To wash all the goodness down I opted for a Pisco Sour and a Gonzalo's Chilcano - do not miss their happy hour, these two must be tried 😋

Tastemaker

This is my second time that I got to try ceviche and it was quite different from the previous time, at another place. I can't say better or worse and, having never been to Peru, I don't know what I am comparing it to anyway! What I would say is, you have to like lime and zesty food for this to be a dish of your preference. Luckily I do! 

Being a pescatarian, I opted for all the fish and veggie dishes and wasn't envious of the plates on my fellow table companions, as my pescy friend and I were well catered for. With the exception of the croquettes though, which were really delicious, I would not rave about the vegetarian dishes we tried. The quinoa and tofu, was ok, and a nice fresh accompaniment to the mains, but I ended up pouring the juice from one of the ceviche dishes over it to give it more kick. The artichoke dish was just strange and I'm a big fan of artichoke normally! The salmon ceviche and the seabass/calamari ceviche were delicious.

My meat eating friends raved about their pork dish and the ceviche they had which came with bacon and the one vegetable dish with chorizo. The cocktails were good and we ordered far too much food! If I went again, I would order the croquettes, sweet potatoes and just two ceviche dishes as that was plenty. Of course sharing with more people allows you the chance to taste more things, so that's the ideal. If you're vegetarian, however, go somewhere else, this is not a menu designed for you!

Tastemaker

I popped into Kingly Court last night with a friend to grab a quick bite to eat before some Christmas shopping. We were seated right away although it was quite busy. I believe you can make a booking so might be worthwhile for a larger table. The food was some of the best I've had in a while - particularly the croquettes and the ribs stood out but the other tapas style dishes were quite delicious too. Don't recommend the flat iron steak it was a little tough although the sauce was nice. Cocktails were strong and enthusiastically made by barmen who come back to check if you like them (a nice touch I thought). 


It was warm and cosy and the music made it feel buzzy and lively. I'll be back again for sure.


Love this little place! Myself and a friend came here for some ceviche and the pork dish was out of this world! Great cocktails as well! This place is defo worth a visit or 2!

Tastemaker

I have been eager to check this place out for a while having heard great things. We rocked on up on a Friday night and had to wait around an hour for a table (not a problem with the various drinking holes of Kingly Court). Service was excellent, we received a friendly greeting and great guidance to help us navigate the menu. Food is tapas style, so they recommend 3 dishes person - I would suggest one of these is a smaller side dish as portions are pretty decent. The biggest highlight for me was definitely the ceviche (phew, given it's their speciality), the sea bass and king prawn is a must. In all honesty there wasn't a bad dish on the menu, the pork belly is to die for, as are the ribs and the salads add a nice little refreshing cut through to complement the richness of the meat. Desserts are good too, I recommend the cheesecake, it's got a great zing to it. Great ambience and atmosphere, highly recommended.


A couple of friends and I rocked up to Senor Ceviche last minute on a busy Friday night - no problem though! They were able to seat us within the hour and the food was worth the wait.  We ordered a variety of small plates, ceviche and Peruvian bbq. Absolute taste sensation, hard to fault any of it! The passionfruit and lemongrass pisco sours were on point.  Will definitely go back!

Tastemaker

Loved the decoration and atmosphere.

Love the fact that you can go to a group of friends and you can share a big variety of food which makes it very casual.


Will definitely go back. 

Tastemaker

In the fab location of Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street, lies this cozy den with a buzzy atmosphere. The food was delicious, lots of small plates to share, and the ceviche is very good, we had the salmon and The Spainard (sea bream and prawns). My companion loved the beef heart skewers. The service was a little slow, but it was Saturday night and the place was packed. The desserts were especially delicious. Worth another visit. 

Tastemaker

Situated in fairy-light adorned foodie haven, Kingly Court, Senor Ceviche harnesses the spirit and fun of its original pop up in a cool, atmospheric and buzzing permanent home.


Fresh, tasty and super reasonable- the selection of small plates, skewers, ceviche and sides are mouth-wateringly good. Make sure you sample as many as possible for total tummy satisfaction (not to mention a very likeable Instagram!). The pork belly bites are tender, soft and salty with gorgeous browned edges. The eponymous Senor Ceviche dish is superb, tangy citrus fresh cod, prawn and sea bream with avocado. And the steak served with a Peruvian twist on salsa verde is juicy and so very moreish. 


If I had one critique, I would say that while the £5 cocktails between 5-7pm are very appealing in theory, they all are very sweet, almost undrinkably so, and all taste very similar. However, for a fun, tasty dinner with cool vibes, Senor Ceviche should be on your list- and its location in the heart of Soho means you can find a better cocktail elsewhere beforehand! 



Senor Ceviche is tucked away in Kingley Court, a lovely quiet place off Carnaby Street. It's great for groups, with choices for those who perhaps aren't keen on the signature dishes of ceviche, large group tables and bookings available. Plus with £5 cocktails during happy hour (5-7) it's perfect for a post-work get together. The chicken wing starter and Senor Ceviche dish were the highlights, and the fact that we got £20 off the total bill with the Cake app!


This Peruvian restaurant only opened last week in Soho's Kingly Court - but even a week in it's serving affordable sharing plates in a colourful restaurant that's great fun.  Music is quite loud, but I'd say it's a good restaurant to take a date.  Good cocktails.  


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overpriced, slow service and not great food. The signature dishes are very average.  Whilst London didnt know what good Peruvian food tasted like when this opened more recent openings have shown it done a lot better and Senor Ceviche lags behind! 

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I wanted to book a table of ten for my best friends birthday - she loves Peruvian food, and we had heard great stuff. But unfortunately it's an awful set menu with no room for manoeuvre if you are over 7... So we won't bother

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Shockingly overpriced. Terrible in terms of value for money.

The ceviche is ok but even Wahaca manage to do it better, the two types we tried were both quite bland, hardly the lime and coriander blast one would expect. The portions are ridiculously small and despite our wallets taking a good beating, we left feeling so hungry we went to an Italian.

Very overpriced and very very disappointing. Drop your prices by a couple of quid, or double your portions Señor Ceviche!

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