There once was a man from Peru,
Whose limerick was three lines too few.
But the general gist of it is that he came to London, and started a restaurant. And that restaurant was called Pisqu. It’s in Fitzrovia, and should you go there, you’ll be greeted by an airy, two floor space with pared back, unfussy decor. On the ground floor, a period moulded ceiling is juxtaposed by smooth wooden flooring; clean cut, modern seating; and vast, floor-to-ceiling windows; while the basement space has a darker, moodier vibe.
The menu, meanwhile, takes its influence not just from Peru, but also Spain, Japan, and China. Here’s what you’ll find…
Fresh from a total menu reboot, the kitchen’s now serving up a very complementary set of sharing plates and mains. There’s fish (in the form of seabass and scallop ceviche; salmon and ponzu tiradito; or grilled octopus with dried Inca chilli), slow-cooked meat (from confit pork belly with sweet potato and rocoto pepper sauce; to chicken marinated in Andean herbs), and a lot of veg, too (along the lines of baked Amazonian purple potato with tree tomato sauce, and some very moreish crunchy Inca corn). Oh, and to finish, there’s a libido-boosting cheesecake made with the potent Peruvian aphrodisiac, maca root.
That copper and wood-topped bar dominating the ground floor ain’t just a pretty face. Obviously the cocktails centre around the noble pisco sour (there’s even a pisco-infused Amazonian Mojito), but you can also slake your thirst with Peruvian beer, Peruvian wine, and even Peruvian coffee. But if you can’t get enough of the sours, then we have good news for you, because they’re putting on regular –
Yes, you can take a pisco sour masterclass, or even a ceviche masterclass, every day of the week. You’ll learn each step alongside their head chef, William Ortiz, with a sour in hand as you go…
And that’s no raw deal.
NOTE: Pisqu is open Mon-Sat, 12-3pm and 5.30-11.30pm. You can book a table by heading right HERE.
Pisqu | 23 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HZ
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