Andina restaurant review - London, UK
The transformation of Shoreditch has been well documented, following an influx of big names - Ace Hotel, Terence Conran - and big talents like Mark Hix and Angela Hartnett. Now Martin Morales, widely credited with introducing Peruvian cuisine into the London mainstream, has set his sights on the east. Named after the matriarch of the Andean household, Andina shifts the focus away from the coastal cuisine of Ceviche, Morales' Soho trendsetter, to the picanterias of Arequipa. The design, a collaboration between Morales, Schneider Designers and Here Design, is inspired by traditional Andean homes, with Peruvian flourishes and an open-plan dining area. The adjoining skylit Games Room, designed with private dining and Peruvian cooking masterclasses in mind, houses a collection of rare 7-inch singles of Peruvian funk and psychedelia. Downstairs is a dedicated ceviche bar, with pisco and Andean chicha cocktails by head barman Miguel Arbe.