Brunch, that most laid back of meals, steeped in Victorian tradition and now co-opted by Hipsters. There is no other meal that is so evocative, or bares any association in our minds with slippers, tweed and broadsheet newspapers, or a kind of by-gone comfortable gentility. Not much else would get us up and out of bed on a Sunday except the opportunity for a bit of light hedonism. Which is exactly what Ceviche Old St is playing to with its Weekend Brunch, Sunday Roast, and bottomless cocktails.
On the Brunch Menu the more-ish starter plus sizes of Ceviche are perfect for those that want to indulge in variety of dishes without commitment. We particularly enjoyed, the Golazos de Chicharrón, which have a deep rich meaty flavour offset by the lightness of watermelon. As a more classic option the Peruanazo impressed, with its delicious tacu-tacu taking the role of toast, in what is essentially a Latin twist of a traditional English breakfast.
We also tried the roast of the day, which was beef cooked to a very delicate texture and served with a Quinoa Yorkshire pudding, Andean herb gravy, Yucas (more on these in a second), corn tamales, and sprouting broccoli with Huancaína sauce. The roasted ’Yucas’, or as its more commonly known Cassava, or Tapioca, or whatever you want to call them, are a game changer. With the same texture as roast potato, but with a creamy and sweeter flavour, somewhere between a sweet potato and a common spud, they outclass the roastie in its own field. Having tasted these I will never again be able to look upon the humble roast potato with the same appeal, so much so that I am determined for these to be served on December 25th, in their stead.
We didn’t get to try the whole suckling pig, which cost £290 but serves up to 12, and must me ordered a week in advance, but it looked truly banquetesque on the next table along, and is served with a Jacobean ruff. Though that last bit might the cocktails talking.
Ceviche are throwing a huge ‘NYE Fiesta’. Starting with a banquet style sharing feast with pisco punch on arrival, then a cocktail competition for anyone who wants to be involved (pisco at the ready) and then onto the Pisco Disco from 10:30pm onwards (with champagne at midnight of course!).Pisco Disco costs £48pp and people are more than welcome to just come for the PD which is just £10. It should be bloody wild! Buy Tickets HERE!