I’ve never been to Peru, so I had no idea what a Butifarra was when I stepped in to this new West End haunt. Going in blind may be daunting to some but for me, the excitement of not knowing is enough to get the tastebuds racing. And after a glaze over the menu, it became apparent I was in for a treat.
A Butifarra is a Peruvian sandwich (from a quick Google, traditionally filled with ham) on soft, crusty bread, a typical lunch-time option on the streets of Peru. I went for the Beef Short Rib as I’m told this is the most popular, which after first bite transpired to be true. The beef was deliciously cooked with a blushing bit of pink left in the middle. It’s served on a bed of butterhead lettuce, sweet potato mayo (wow!) and is topped with a homemade salsa criolla. The bread is a dusty, light roll and easy to tear into.
As I waited for said sandwich and dreamily scanned the room, the colours took me immeasurably. The brightly coloured walls wash over the small space and open it up on to the street with its pillar box red sign for all to see. If you’re feeling a little tired, it’ll certainly wake you up!
The bold, block coloured interior is a ready match for the food too. My favourite colour match was a Green Juice, served in a vintage lemonade glass. Cucumber, Dill, Kale, Apple, Muna and Alfalfa made up the refreshing drink. Muna is an abbreviation for minthostachys mollis – a mint-like medical herb that improves digestion. Alfalfa is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family. I know this because on the back of the Butifarra menu there’s a comprehensive guide to all ingredients that feature, very handy indeed.
I ordered a cold side of Sea Bream Ceviche. A little zingy for my taste but well presented all the same. The raw fish is cured in tigers milk and its served with pickled veg, choclocorn, sweet potato and a light shower of coriander. To take away, I nabbed a bag of Alfajores – a traditional Peruvian shortbread dessert with a dulce de leche centre. They proved to be the perfect post-yoga treat later that evening.
If you’re in the area, Butifarra is an inspiring lunchtime spot. Eat in or takeaway, healthy or indulgent, each dish will serve you with colour and vibrancy a plenty.
24 Rupert St