5 Favourite Latin Restaurants in London

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

We're slowly working our way round the South American eateries of London, usually for birthdays or special dinners out with friends & family, but sometimes "just because"!

Here are a few favourite picks so far. Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for our next meal...

Andina
1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DJ

We ate here on Saturday. The Peruvian menu is a largely healthy one. I had a quinoa burger and a choclo corn cake (my most favourite thing in Colombian!). Mr DI had fish ceviche, some meaty skewers and fried cassava (yuca) with a nut dip (I may or may not have tried some of that!).



We shared two desserts ~ quinoa chocolate brownie and the interesting-named 'lengua de suegra' aka 'mother-in-law's tongue', a filo pastry filled with dulce de leche (arequipe). All washed down with some great fresh juices, as Latin countries do best.


Las Iguanas
Various locations

A chain of restaurants, well worth a try. It's good to be on their mailing list as they often have special offers which they send out by email. We've celebrated a few birthdays and taken my parents here.






I'm a fan of their quesadillas and enchiladas. They also do a good line in sangria and margaritas if my memory serves me well!


Leños y Carbón 5-7 Rockingham Street, Elephant & Castle SE1 6PD
This is the place to go for a real Colombian meal. It's no palace, but everyone working there is Colombian and the food is pretty much bang on in terms of authenticity. It's a good place to try a Bandeja Paisa, which contains lots of typical food such as beans, rice, avocado, fried plantain, arepa (corn pancake) and various meats.




I like it because they have my favourite juice ~ guanábana ~ which I've not been able to find anywhere else in London!


El Rancho de Lalo
94-95 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS




Another cheap & cheerful option, where you'll find all the typical Colombian dishes. It's not a big place, but the food is good and the staff are all 'local', dressed in traditional costume (sounds a bit naff, but actually it's ok!). They also play a Colombian radio station in the background!





Ceviche
17 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4RG

The sister of Andina (above) and arguably the restaurant which kicked off the current wave of popularity for Peruvian cuisine in the capital. There's also a spin-off cookery book.

The food is tapas-sized so 2-3 dishes are recommended per person. Again, quite a lot of fish & meat-based choices, but there's enough to keep a veggie like me happy as well. Hello choclo corn cake, I'm looking at you!!





The central location means Ceviche always busy so it's worth reserving ahead if you want to guarantee a table.



Mr DI always says that Latin food here isn't as good as 'back home', and in some ways I do agree with him. We're fortunate however, to have such a wealth of London haunts to choose from and get a little fix of South American cuisine in between trips across the Atlantic!


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