This post is long overdue, and I was going to say that after Christmas when you’ve been scoffing non-stop for a month (and well into January) it’s nice to have something fresh and light that’s still packed with flavour while not being remotely salad-like. But actually there’s no excuse or reason needed for a bit of ceviche, and Senor Ceviche has some of the best.
Nestled in Carnaby Street’s Kingly Court up above the courtyard, it’s easily missed, but worth seeking out. I popped in for a lunch with my old work buddies Katie and Freddie – I’d been before but only for a little nibble – although I remembered the wine being delicious.. priorities.
We went for the house white again, it’s light and fresh, and really good with the sea bream, which we ordered in the form of The Spaniard, a sea bream and prawn ceviche with tomato tiger’s milk, red onion and chorizo – delicious, and I managed not to drink the tiger’s milk out of the bowl (unlike at Lima).
Black beans are one of my favourite sides and I order them everywhere I see them. Senor Ceviche’s version are smoky from burnt aubergine and smoked bacon, and add richness to the fresh, spicy fish dishes.
The chicken skewers come with the most heavenly coriander yoghurt, I could’ve smothered it over everything, it was delicious, and the ribs were soft and tender, with loads of meat and a sticky, smoky BBQ sauce. The peanut topping added some crunch, but it would’ve been just as good without.
I think it’s really obvious in places that batch-cook tons of fries and just fling them out as soon as you order them. These were the opposite, sweet potato, not too skinny, fluffy in the middle, steaming hot and oh-so-crispy. Fresh fresh fresh, it’s the way forward.
Our other side was Quinoa Soltero, a mix of black and white quinoa, pomegranate seeds, edamame, sweetcorn and tofu and was a good accompaniment to the sticky meat.
The staff are really friendly and explain the menu if you’re not too familiar with ceviche etc, and the food comes bit by bit as it’s ready. I like this as it means you don’t get the situation where some dishes are sitting on the pass waiting for others to be ready, everything just comes fresh and as it’s meant to be.
Senor Ceviche is super handy for me location wise, but I think either way I’d still go back. We were full and tipsy, and spent about £30 each. Not bad at all.
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