‘Peruvian food with some Japanese and Chinese influences.' Yes, yes and yes. Let it be known, Pachamama East is delicious. Fancy but not too fancy, and far from pretentious or stuffy, it’s a fun place for a damn tasty dinner in Shoreditch, with its delicious menu of light but generously-sized sharing plates.
Inside, it’s pretty. Prime Instagram fodder — think exposed brick, festoon lighting, marble tables, pink geometric floor tiles — it’s a swishy spot with substance. I really rate the food. Start with a cocktail. Maybe the Banana Negroni or the Coca-Cola Old Fashioned, and some prawn toast for the table.
The food menu is split into Land, Soil and Sea. For me, it’s all about the latter when it comes to Peruvian cuisine. The sea bass ceviche is divine, just like the ones you’ll find in Lima, with a rich and zingy tart tiger’s milk. But my favourite had to be the tuna, served raw with avocado, jalapeño, radishes and fried leeks. It’s so light and so fresh, every mouthful is a full combo of great flavours. If eating a whole fish doesn’t weird you out, definitely go for the whole sea bass. It’s perfectly done with ginger and spring onions, and feels like quite a generous amount to share.
Get a couple of veg dishes to balance it all out. The caramelised aubergine with peanuts is a must-order, it’s super sticky, gooey, and delicious, and the plantain with feta, black olives and Yacon syrup is another tasty fusion dish.
We couldn’t quite squeeze in dessert (I do love how ceviche makes you feel comfortably full rather than heavy) but there are some intriguing sounding sweet options, like the roasted potato (not sure what more that entails!), Peruvian chocolate with quinoa ice cream, and a refreshing cucumber sorbet with sour verjus granita.
Pachamama East is great. Tasty, authentic and fresh, and plenty of dishes to go back for!
PACHAMAMA EAST, GREAT EASTERN STREET, SHOREDITCH, EC2A 3HR