It had been far too long since Jenny and I had caught up and so a place was chosen and off we went to the wonderful Andina in Shoreditch. This had been on my list for awhile and was a creation from Martin Morales who offers great Peruvian food which is all the rage in London these days.
The beauty of Peruvian food is all the dishes are designed for sharing leading to a very relaxed atmosphere while dining. We started with a dish from the ceviche bar, Mario Florián Tiradito. Which to you and me is monkfish ceviche with pumpkin seeds and butternut squash, which was a lovely light dish with a spicy kick in each mouthful.
The quinoa croquetas were a must as well for a little nibble and from the street food section we couldn’t say no to the Huancaina Macaroni. This was as you would expect a delight, peruvian cheese with an amarillo chilli sauce throughout.
The beef fillet skewers with broad bean were beautifully moist, much more tender than you would expect being on a skewer.
Our final meat dish was the Lamb Seco Santiago, where the lamb is slow cooked in dark beer and marinated with white beans and rice. Very warming dish and filling compared to the other ones. It also went very well with the green beans and crunchy corn side dish.
Having fed ourselves very well we just about had enough room to fit in a dessert and what better one than the Picarones Doughnuts. They came accompanied with purple maize syrup which was very much like Christmas with a cinnamon taste coming through and of course a chocolate fudge sauce.
The meal was lovely and will definitely be off to try their newer restaurant Ceviche in Soho to sample the Peruvian food on offer there.