Clever clever Martin Morales. Introducing affordable (and delicious) Peruvian food to London (Ceviche)? Check. Expanding into Shoreditch with a focus on the Peruvian Andres (Andina)? Check. And now, the last master stroke: opening a completely gluten free, super healthy (but still Peruvian) new restaurant in Soho. Enter Casita Andina. Andina’s little sister restaurant but with an increased focus on health, without of course sacrificing on taste.
I went for the soft launch last week, at lunch time. The staff were clearly still a little confused with what was going on. One lovely girl didn’t really understand the menu, as hard as she tried. I got a call from the reservations team twice after I had left, asking me if I was still coming for lunch. But this is all completely forgiven because a) it’s a soft opening, so these problems are inevitable, b) the food makes up for it all.
They offer a great lunch time deal: two plates for £10. I suggest if you’re dining with someone (which I hope you are), that you choose four different dishes between you. One of the ceviche dishes (I’d go with the classic) is an obvious must. Super delicious. We also had the croquettas with a twist (pork and liver, with chilli jam) – unusual and surprisingly moorish. From the hot plates we chose the Salmon Scabeche (perfect, and I love the sweet potato with it) and the Aji de Gallini (chicken with botija olive and a quails egg). I’d never had chicken quite like it, it looked almost like scrambled eggs (without wanting to put you off) but was delicious, if not for everyone.
The place itself is super cute, great location, small but with so much charm. The Peruvian theme is of course very apparent, like at Andina, but without it being too naff.
The perfect lunch place, if not light dinner option. I shall return.
31 Great Windmill St,
London W1D 7LP
Photo credit: Casita Andina