Monday

Señor Ceviche - Peruvian BBQ at its best


Now, I say 'at its best' however, I haven't actually come across any other Peruvian BBQ's in my eating history...  Señor Ceviche has fast gathered a fair amount of groupies since its opening in just over a month ago. 

Mr bro and I arrived early at 6:30pm due to working close by and already tables were filling up and a decent atmosphere was already starting to kick in. 

The open BBQ gives of wonderful smells that hit you the moment you walk through the door and into the vibrantly decorated restaurant. We were sat by the grill which actually was a great spot due to creating even more of an authentic atmosphere with the heat, chefs chatting away and the fizzing of meat when it hits the charcoals... 

I ordered one of their non alcoholic cocktails (crazy, I know!) a refreshing 'Amazonian Elixir', which consisted of elderflower cordial, apple juice, gomme syrup, lime juice and soda water with basil leaves. Super refreshing and thirst quenching.



Being told to order around 3/4 dishes per person we more or less got a good smattering of different dishes across the menu which comes to your table 'as it's ready'. 

We pre ordered with our drinks the Yucas which were small, deliciously crispy croquettes served with a soured cream dipping and crunchy corn. 



First up was the salmon ceviche AKA 'Mr Miyagi'. Thinly sliced raw salmon was doused in a tangy 'tiger's milk' (lime, chilli, onions...) crispy salmon skin and pomegranate. One of my favourites of the evening as it was really fresh and zingy, thus meaning, I could have eaten plates of the stuff. 



The Spaniard was our other ceviche dish made up of sea bream, king prawn, a tomato version of the tiger's milk and chorizo. I liked the additional slightly smoky flavour of the chorizo as another element to bring down the sourness.



So onto the meatier items... Pachamama pork rib was huge and well worth trying should you visit. Covered in a sweet, sticky traditional Inca paste made up of yellow chilli peppers then also given a second BBQ sauce coating the meat fell off the bone and was super succulent and really tasty... 



Anticucho was in the form of two sticky beef skewers sadly not tasted by me, due to not loving beef, but an all round thumbs up was received.

Spicy lemon Chicken wings, luckily, came as a three and were devoured at rapid speed. Thoroughly enjoyable and another I could eat bowl after bowl of.



Tamarind BBQ chicken was a similar version of the above. Full of flavour, sticky, sweet, slightly spiced and ridiculously tender.




We also shared a plate of the fries covered in a spiced cheese and tomato fondue. I wasn't overly enamoured by these as they were a little stodgy as they had soaked up too much of the sauce before hitting our table.

What I loved about Señor Ceviche wasn't just the food but the incredibly energetic atmosphere and wonderful staff. Even at such an early hour of the evening, people were in high spirits, which could mean for a dangerously fun evening ahead. Great for friends, even better for dates...

Approx £30/40pp with a cocktail or two... 

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A: 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, London W1B 5PQ
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Tuesday

Rabbit... Kings Rd's newest hip hangout


Finally the oh so famous KR is getting a decent smattering of good grub! Why it has never seemed to attract such venues with the wealth that surrounds it is beyond me. But, Rabbit is one of those 'hip' hangouts that has followed Kurbuta's lead, and thank goodness it has!

Our house is under renovation so, with no kitchen, living room and well... no downstairs! We're smashing through a good handful of new places.

Mr D's university friend, Mr H, and his lovely girlfriend Tibby were our dates for the evening and I cannot tell you how happy I was that this was the venue of choice... it is SO good for groups of 4+ as we managed to sample most of the menu - perfect.

Much like it's slightly older sister, The Shed, Rabbit focuses on small plates for sharing. All made up of fabulous flavours and some even home grown on their pops' farm in Nutbourne. Try their 'Nutty' home brewed champers I believe it's starting to win high acclaim! 

We ordered four of each of the small mouthfuls and then many, many other dishes all as good as the last and never faulting on combinations. 

So, first up the mouthfuls:


 



Mushroom Marmite eclair (above, front left)

Brown crab bomb, lemon and dulse (above, back left)

Beetroot crisp with goats cheese and pear jam (above, back right)

Woodcock pate, smoked potato, quince (above, front left)

All the above were amazing taste sensations in one... mouthful. Really packing a punch and just so well put together it felt like you were in a fine dining restaurant with attitude! 

We then had many of their larger dishes in quick succession...each plate we served between the four of us with the odd one having two of...

Red Grouse, rose hip and wood sorrel. Yummy pink grouse which was cured and then served a top a really beautiful simple 'salad'...




Gurnard, Mussels, sea purslane, chanterelles and artichoke (opening pic and below)... crisp skin made a great contrast of texture to some seriously well cooked fish. The artichoke was puréed serving as a sauce and some earthiness came from the mushrooms - an incredibly well balanced dish and one of my faves of the night. 


Venison Stogies, cranberry and tarragon. Cranberries (I think) were slightly air dried giving some bitterness thus cutting through the dense, yet sweet venison which was lightly encased in pastry and fried to give a crisp outer shell. Really pleasant to eat and one to definitely order!


Lamb "chips", lemon, parsley and Harissa I think was one of the boys' favourites. The harissa serving as a decadent ketchup in which to dip these incredible meaty 'chips' into. Packed full of sweet, succulent lamb and lightly breaded and fried this is another winner and one I hope to stay put on the menu as a Rabbit 'staple'... 



Brussels sprout, hazelnut, cheddar and apple salad -  I will be recreating this fab chopped salad idea! Really light, refreshing and crunchy, a welcome green hit amongst our sea of (delicious) proteins.



Rabbit ravioli, bone marrow, yellow chanterelles and lovage pesto. Now, lovage is not my favourite of things (no idea why I simply don't 'love-it'...sorry!). However, I couldn't taste it thankfully, and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the dish - a real winter warmer. 



Calves tongue, duck hearts, garlic and black cabbage this I didn't try so much as I'm not the biggest offal fan but the boys were singing its praises... 



Partridge, crispy potato, romesco and shallots. Slightly tricky to divide this was up there with my beloved gurnard for the night as a stand out dish. Fabulous cooked game bird served with a sweet finger licking sauce and plenty of textures to please any foodie.



Magnum vienetta parfait. Caramel, ice cream...layered...what else can I say but...OH.MY... AMAZING!



Now, Rabbit can be expensive if you seriously 'go all out' but I think it serves two purposes as it can also be a fantastic place (should you be able to get in) where by you could pop in for a light supper of just one or two plates... every element of every single dish is thoroughly well thought of. Each ingredient has it's own purpose and sings it's own tune on the plate. Since my visit to The Shed I have always sung its praises and now, I'm pleased I have one a little closer to home... the Gladwin boys...well done once again!

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