Ceviche – the food and the pair of restaurants in Soho and over on Old Street – are household names among those in London who care about food, food that’s made with care and love, that is. The same goes for Ceviche’s sister restaurant Andina over in Shoreditch. With symmetry as beguiling as a bolt of colourful Andean fabric, the mastermind behind these eateries at the vanguard of the Peruvian cuisine renaissance, Martin Morales, has opened a second Andina-affiliated restaurant along Soho’s Great Windmill Street, minutes from Piccadilly and five minutes down the road from Ceviche Soho. More than recommended, advance bookings for these incredibly popular restaurants are mandatory.
Yet another paean to Andean cuisine and culture, extending beyond the mere culinary, Casita Andina takes over Soho’s legendary Little Cottage on Great Windmill Street to bring more of Martin Morales’ patented take on Peruvian food. This restaurant – or picanteria – is, just like its restaurant siblings elsewhere in London, a riot of colour, with textiles, arts and crafts from the Peruvian Andes for decoration. ‘Casita’ means little house and ‘Andina’ is a woman or a dish from the Andes. Expect rustic dishes cooked with love, presented with a flourish, and made from quality ingredients with a deeply ethical provenance.
Casita Andina is committed to sourcing at least 90% of its produce from local, sustainable suppliers, the other 10% of essential Peruvian ingredients being fully fair trade in origin. The restaurant also gives back more than just superb South American food culture to London diners, working with Peruvian children's’ charities. Brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks at this Soho haunt are colourful, flavoursome, exciting and truly novel – with Casita Andina on the restaurant map, jaded palates are yet again set to be revivified, in inimitable Andean-style.Dear diners, to view Casita Andina's range of gift cards and masterclasses, visit andina.giftvouchers.uk.com
We went for the weekend brunch. The options are so unique. We both loved the food and the service was friendly -- would go back!
The food and service were great! We really liked our waiter because we had a group of 8 and he helped us tailor all of the dishes to our needs.
Fun and fresh menu. 3x vegetarians and 1x carnivore all had lots of colourful and tasty things to eat. The pisco sour is also highly recommend
Tasting menu Sat 25th August. Couldn't fault the 9 courses. Every dish tasted delicious and looked amazing. We had forgotten our voucher but the manager took time on a busy Saturday night to find it online. The service team were friendly and knowledgeable. Would thoroughly recommend and we will be back.
My second time at Casita Andina -- for the most part, the food was wonderful like last time, however the clams weren't available and we ordered Pork Shambar instead, at the waitress's recommendation. Though the last time I had Pork Shambar, it was soft inside, this time it was overcooked and I could barely cut it with my knife. My partner and I both found it dry and under-seasoned, which is a shame because I know it's usually a great dish. The service was also a bit lacking from midway through the meal, the two waiters weren't on the floor, and we had to order our post-meal coffee from the chefs. Same with asking for the bill after our coffee, the waiter was busy checking documents and I had to go to the counter to ask for the bill. But aside from that, we had a lovely lunch. Thank Casita Andina team.
Casita Andina is very warm and homely, with cosy lighting and nice music. Having travelled to Peru twice in 2016, and now missing it greatly, it was really lovely for me to be surrounded by typical Andean art and colours. The chicha morada was as refreshing as I remember it in Peru, and as for the food - wonderful flavours and absolute works of art! I am vegetarian so I can only comment on some of the dishes, but you can really feel the energy of the Andean mountains in each mouthful. My one piece of advice is to leave room for dessert!
I took my boss for lunch on the very first day that Casita Andina opened - I was slightly worried that it'd be a disaster but you'd never know it was their first day as everything ran smoothly, the food came out quickly and was DELICIOUS! and my boss was well chuffed when the bill arrived with a 50% off food discount (for lunch bookings only until the end of August). Get in there - it's small, cute, cheery, Soho-ey, tasty, and the staff are super lovely.
We visited Casita Andina for brunch on a Saturday partly because one of us is a coeliac and they do some gluten free dishes. We started with the Classic Ceviche of sea bass which was delicious. I followed this with the Puddin de Maiz, a corn souffle with bacon, poached egg and coriander hollandaise and my husband (the coeliac) had pork tamal with oven cooked (I think) potatoes which came with a separate spicy sauce. All was totally wonderful and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
We had brunch at noon on Saturday 18th Feb. The restaurant was not overly busy and the waitress was very helpful in explaining the tapas-style menu to us, as we had not been here before. The food and drink were brought out relatively quickly so we were not waiting long to be fed. The food was delicious! Having read a review of the classic cerviche it was a must and it did not disappoint. We chose 2 starters and 2 mains, but as it is a tapas menu it would have been possible to perhaps order another 1 or 2 dishes, even though it was only the 2 of us. Instead we opted for the desserts which were beautifully decorated and tasty. Overall a very pleasing and enjoyable experience, and I will most certainly return to try the other dishes on the menu!
Lucky enough to get a dinner reservation during the soft opening period. Despite our late sitting (21:30-23:30 on a Tuesday evening), the restaurant was packed and the atmosphere buzzing, so we had to wait a short while for our bijou corner table to be prepared. Our friendly waitress promptly took our drinks orders and suggested her personal favourites from the menu, many of which we decided to order. Every tapas style dish was a feast for the senses, both visually and in terms of taste, with fresh clean flavours pepped up with an unusual Peruvian twist. Our favourites were the Altiplano and Black Butterfly cocktails, the croquetas, Ceviche casita, trout tiradito, lamb loin and chupe savoury dishes, and strawberry and avocado dessert. An absolutely fantastic meal overall and we can't wait to return soon.