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Eating like a goddess at Pachamama

I’m a complete foodie at heart and love pretty much all cuisines & flavours, but one I was not familiar with is Peruvian cuisine. That all changed a couple of weeks ago when I was invited to Pachamama, the newest addition to Marylebone’s thriving restaurant scene, which offers Peruvian-inspired food using the finest of locally sourced and seasonal British produce. Described as Modern Peruvian cuisine, I couldn’t wait to go and find out for myself.

Along with lifestyle expert, Inna, I headed over to Marylebone for a Peruvian lunch. The restaurant is conveniently located just off Marylebone high street and only five minutes away from Bond Street tube station.

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The menu at Pachamama is designed for sampling and sharing with a tempting range of ceviches, fresh salads and hot dishes cooked on a robata grill or in a josper oven. Our waiter, Shiraz, was excellent and described the menu to us in detail. On his recommendation we ordered freshly pressed fruit & vegetable juices, and dishes which included:

  • Sea bass, samphire, radish, sweet potato and tiger’s milk ceviche (the most common Peruvian marinade for ceviche, made from lime juice, chilli, garlic and coriander)
  • Portobello, King Oyster mushroom, corn, truffle and tiger’s milk ceviche (v)
  • Chicken anticuchos and charred corn (cooked on the robata grill)
  • Veal anticuchos and celeriac (cooked on the robata grill)
  • Sweet plantain, feta and English malt (cooked in the josper oven)
  • Purple potatoes, peanuts, mint and crispy onion salad (v)
  • Quinoa, avocado, Granny Smith, tomato and coriander vinaigrette salad (v)

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To sum up the food in one word, it was fantastic! The meats with rich and juicy, and the vegetables were earthy, sweet and colourful. I was so impressed with the quality of the dishes – they were all fresh, tasty and innovative. It’s clear to see that the menu has been thought through, combining rich flavours and contrasting textures. Head chef, Tom Catley, formerly from Ottolenghi, has developed a menu which appeals to both meat eaters and vegetarians, and is exciting, healthy and incredibly moreish. It’s also reassuring to know that prior to launching Pachamama, Catley completed a stint at Amaz in Lima, which is hailed as one of Peru’s leading restaurants.

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For dessert we ordered:

  • Dragon fruit salad, sorbet and vanilla tiger’s milk
  • Almond milk panacotta, passion fruit and white chocolate
  • Chocolate fondant, brittle and salted peanut ice-cream

Each dessert was lip-smackingly good! I particularly liked the almond milk panacotta, the passion fruit and white chocolate combination was simply luxurious!

The cocktail bar served drinks made with home-infused Pisco (Peru’s national spirit), using British herbs and berries and the house cocktails introduce a twist on classics using fresh juices, ingredients from the kitchen and lots of rum!

Pachamama is named after the Incan goddess of fertility and harvest, which is rather fitting considering the abundance of delicious, wholesome and nutritious food on offer. I honestly cannot wait to return for more, and I’m especially keen to sample some of the dishes I didn’t have space for the first time around including the crispy pork belly and duck with rice.

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2 comments on “Eating like a goddess at Pachamama

  1. Shakira at Grapeful
    January 25, 2015

    I love Pachamama! Great addition to Marylebone High St.

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