Stew and I had a rare weekend last week, where we were both free, with no plans. So we traveled into central London for a spot of brunch and cinema trip. Peruvian restaurant, Señor Ceviche, has recently opened up a new branch on Charlotte Street, near Tottenham Court Road. Having visited their Kingly Court restaurant last year, just off Carnaby Street in Soho, I was excited to experience the atmosphere in Fitzrovia.
At their Charlotte Street location, they offer a unique brunch menu, served from 11am – 5pm, with last orders taken at 3pm. The meny offers twists on classic brunch dishes such as avocado and poached eggs, plus a variety of dishes that touch on Japanese and Chinese flavours, whilst retaining their Peruvian flare!
First things first though – cocktails! It wouldn’t be weekend brunch without a cocktail or 2. I chose the classic Pisco Sour, which was absolutely delicious, whereas Stew opted for brunch favourite, a Bloody Mary.
To begin our meal, the general manager of Charlotte Street – Edouard Bourrillon, recommended a few dishes for us to try, including the classic ceviche. You cannot dine at Señor Ceviche and not try this dish. Perfectly cooked octopus and sea bass, sit in a pool of tiger’s milk, sweet potato puree, and is finished with fresh avocado, coriander, red onion and crispy baby squid. Plus a show stopping piece of plantain! It’s absolutely incredible, one of the best ceviches I’ve tried.
Following this we each had a beautifully warm and succulent scallop, dressed with pisco, pepper butter, and topped with bacon bits and Parmesan. I think at this point, I was lost for words. Scallops are always a favourite of mine, but these were next level!
For mains, we decided to share the Corn Bread French Toast and the Andean Potato Rosti. Both are favourites among the Señor Ceviche staff and customers alike, so we had to try them. The corn bread was surprisingly light, with two poached eggs, smashed avocado and tomato salsa on top, all covered in a yuzu truffle hollandaise. For us, the hollandaise was a little too much in terms of quantity. It drowned the other flavours slightly. I’m glad we shared it, as I wouldn’t have been able to finish one off by myself.
However, the Andean Potato Rosti got top marks from both of us! This Peruvian take on essentially a fry-up, was amazing! The potato rosti was topped with a Peruvian sausage, fried duck egg and Senor’s hot sauce. I think this might have been my favourite dish of the day, aside from the scallops of course.
Not content with just that, we also chose to share the Quinoa Soltero salad. This was another recommendation from Edouard, and I really can’t fault his recommendations! He advised us that the salad would compliment the other dishes, and would give a freshness to our meal. And it did just that. Black and white quinoa is mixed with mizuna, roasted beetroot (our fave!) and butternut squash, hijiki seaweed, crispy shallots and dressed with a sesame tofu dressing. I wish I could eat this every day. It was simply perfect, and just what we need to finish on.
After having tried a great selection of dishes, with a range of flavours, we were a little too full for dessert. However, our lovely waitress suggested instead that we finish with an espresso martini – kind of like a dessert, but not as heavy. Señor Ceviche’s twist on this classic cocktail uses pisco instead of vodka, and BOY does it work!! Wow! I love coffee, but never normally order espresso martinis, I don’t know why. Maybe because I’m not fussed on vodka. However, this was incredible with the pisco. A really unusual flavour that I can’t quite sum up, but please take my recommendation and try one for yourself!
Señor Ceviche brunch: 5/5
- Incredible mix of flavours and ingredients, expertly cooked
- A unique menu, you will struggle to find anywhere else
- There’s a bottomless brunch option if you fancy it!
- Staff are super friendly and the decor is beautiful. (Very instagrammable!)
- Fab location if you want to escape the craziness of Kingly Court, and head just a little further away from Oxford Street