On one of the coldest days of the year (it was actually snowing in London) Chicama was a welcome ray of sunshine. With its sunny and elegant decor, and the open kitchen already cooking up Peruvian flavours, for a second you could have convinced me that it wasn’t actually two degrees outside.
On to the food. Myself and my guest were on The Nudge set menu, which meant we got to choose four dishes each. The waitress told us the plates were small to medium sized so we got stuck in and ordered. This was at 1pm and I am still full writing this at 9pm. For a sharing menu the portions are definitely generous!
What we ate:
- Tempura battered hake and peruvian salad – as you can see from the picture this was not a small portion! The batter was thicker than I expected, but was tasty and had a hint of spice. The fish fell apart though and I would have liked it to have been a bit firmer. The salad was just a few gem lettuce leaves, but had a lovely spicy dressing which tasted great.
- Crispy aubergine with plantain miso – when this arrived this was totally different to what we had imagined. So much so that we asked if it was in fact the plantain we had also ordered! The waitress didn’t take too kindly to this and said “I’ve worked here for five years I can tell you it’s the aubergine”. Point taken. The aubergine wasn’t crispy at all, but it had some lovely flavours.
- Sea bream ceviche – I didn’t try this but my guest said it was “light, cleansing and fresh making it a great start to the meal”.
- BBQ Plantain with brown butter – deliciously soft this was cooked perfectly
The service was fairly slow, and there were sometimes huge gaps in between dishes. Our plates also weren’t cleared for ages, and we had to ask them to clear it and get the bill. This doesn’t matter too much when you are having a catch up with a loved one and not on a time limit, however if we had had set afternoon plans we would have had to ask them to hurry things along.
All in all it was a lovely long lunch at amazing value and I would return – just knowing to order less, and allow plenty of time!