Andina

Peruvian fooooood for a brunch is exactly what you need after a long week, on a mildly sunny Sunday in autumn. This beautiful restaurant is located a 3 min walk from Shoreditch High street Station. Andina is cozy, nice and beautifully decorated with intimate space perfect for a friendly gathering or a date. We were excited to try some Peruvian food in London but there was a subtle fear of food being overly westernized; as is the case mostly with regional cuisines.
We were seated downstairs and provided with brunch menu which had a few good options so we decided to do a mix and match. There wasn’t a lot of clutter which is always a good indication that the chef knows what he/she is doing. We chose Cassova Chips with herb sauce and Fried Wings for sides and Lamb chops and Poached eggs with spicy puree for mains. Food arrived in about 10 minutes and we started with chips which were very different and did not have the usual oily texture (good start), lamb chops and eggs were also very nicely done especially lamb chops which were medium rare with soft juicy texture without any smell. The only thing that failed to impress was wings that were too dry and not spicy enough.
In terms of authenticity: the food was definitely a fusion of western style with traditional Peruvian cuisine but it was done tastefully.
With almost no space for dessert, we finished off with a great tasting cup of coffee and headed out for a walk to burn some calories.
Andina is definitely worth a visit minus an order of Chicken wings.

Food Experience       ★★★★
Service                        ★★★★★
Ambiance                   ★★★★★
Price                             £££££



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