Pachamama East | Top-shelf Peruvian food in Shoreditch
Pachamama is the Incan goddess of fertility.
And her infinite fruitfulness has provided us not just with all the bounty of the earth, but also a nice little restaurant in Shoreditch.
It’s called Pachamama East, and it’s the offspring of the original Pachamama over in Marylebone, which is one of the restaurant at the tip of the Peruvian food spear that London’s food scene has been wielding so proudly over the last few years.
This sophomore space is serenely laid out with smart tile floors, scattered greenery, a sunken marble-topped bar, and walls whose plaster has been ripped away in just a couple of subtle patches to expose the bare bricks beneath, almost as if to pay due deference to the neighbourhood’s preferred aesthetic.
On the menu, they’re following the original Pachamama format, by dividing the dishes up into Sea, Land, and Soil (the difference between the latter two being what’s on the land and what’s in the soil). You can expect the familiar favourites like sea bass ceviche marinaded in the restaurant’s own tiger milk dressing, or some crispy lamb belly with green peppers.
Here, however, they’ve elected to introduce an Asian element to the menu, with all-new dishes like lobster noodles with pok choi, red onion and Chinese wine (sea); wok-fried water spinach with shimeji mushrooms and yellow soybeans (soil); and some Sichuan pepper & cumin lamb stir fry (land).
Helping wash all of this down, there’s that sunken bar we mentioned: the cocktails coming out from behind it include the likes of the Piscoroni (it’s like their version of a Negroni) which blends pisco with red vermouth and Campari; and the Chicama, whose elderflower liqueur, prosecco, and lavender are matched by some Earl Grey-infused Pisco.
It’s definitely your cup of tea.
NOTE: Pachamama East is open now. You can book a table and find out more at their website right HERE.
Pachamama East | 73 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3DT
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