El Inca Plebeyo is one of the hottest South American restaurants in Islington, which is no mean feat. Combining the cool rustic charm of this cuisine with the trendy chic expected in the area, El Inca Plebeyo is always humming with expectant crowds. Luckily, those crowds leave more than satisfied by the impressive spread of Ecuadorian-inspired food. Big on fresh seafood – not least of all through their famous incarnations of ceviche – as well as vibrant colours and flavours (the popular broad bean salad illustrates this combo beautifully), El Inca Plebeyo rolls out an ever-changing array of delicious small bites, hearty meals and gorgeous go-withs that make its popularity easy to understand. If you can nab a table (booking is strongly recommended), it’s definitely worth the easy trip to El Inca Plebeyo, just a short walk from Essex Road station.
South American cuisine in London has never been more popular, so it’s no wonder that El Inca Plebeyo Restaurant and Bar is such a busy spot in Islington. Serving Ecuadorian food and Latin American tapas, El Inca Plebeyo on Essex Road has an imaginative menu comprised of dishes like traditional ceviches, salads, hearty slow-cooked stews, freshly grilled fish and some amazing South American sides that you won’t find anywhere else in London. Anyone following a specific diet will be pleased to hear that there are heaps of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, all carefully crafted by El Inca Plebeyo’s head chef — Jorge Pacheco, from Ecuador.
The beauty of the Latin American tapas menu means that you can try out as many as them as you want by choosing multiple small dishes at once. Here’s a few of our favourites that are well worth checking out: fried green plantain, bean stew with pork belly, potato patties with basil and cheese sauce, and the incredible yellow chilli chicken wings. Tempted? El Inca Plebeyo also has an outstanding selection of wines, beers and regional cocktails making it the perfect spot to start before a night on the Islington tiles!
Amazing food and great cocktails! I had lamb and it was cooked to perfection. Staff is very nice, I'll come back and recommend this restaurant.
Great overall dining experience, lovely place, amazing food, service was impeccable! I wish we had been able to eat other items from the menu but I guess we will just have to go back again and again for more.
Great restaurant, fantastic flavours and attentive service. Try the plantain with cheese as a starter, the ecuadorian roast specialty and the quinoa pudding as a dessert.
We had a lovely time at this charming restaurant. The fish dishes in particular were excellent. The service was attentive and reasonably quick. We will be back!
Really enjoyed it last night, chef Jorge made us some HUMITAS, a speciality in Quito which I had when I was there last year. I've looked far and wide for them in the myriad of S. American restos in London but to no avail.They were so good we (well actually I) had them twice. As a vegetarian I like to see at least 2 dishes that I can eat and as this was my second time I've had them both now! I would've liked to have sampled the Green Banana Soup but it wasn't available last time and because I'd eaten so many humitas I was stuffed to the gills even if it was on the menu! Sat up on the terrace both times as it's great for a bit of privacy, however it looked like a fab atmosphere downstairs too! Jorge and the staff are really friendly and when they're not too busy they'll come and have a proper chat. Loved the food both times and I highly recommend this place for something a bit different.
It was our first visit at El Inca Plebeyo and for sure we'll be back. Nice and cosy atmosphere with beautiful ceviche as starters. The mains were good. Too but not as exciting. My wife's seabass was cooked to perfection and so was my chicken. Limited but very good choice of wines. Staff was very nice and helpful. Perhaps but that's because I'm french...I would have loved to have some bread to slurp that sauce with the ceviche :-)
Fantastic Food, really unique flavours. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and even though it was a Tiesday night, the atmosphere was lovely. Our waitress was very friendly, helped us to decide on dishes and explained each dish. The food was unlike anything I've ever tasted and my boyfriend and I couldn't help but stuff ourselves. The seabass ceviche is a must and the quinoa pudding dessert is something you won't find anywhere else. The head chef, Jorge, came and spoke to us after the meal and gave us more information on his inspiration for the dishes. It was a perfect evening.
Service at the restaurant was fantastic, good welcome & personal care during the evening. The athmosphere at the restaurant is great, feeling transported to south america as you get in. Food was very especial, although dishes contained a little bit too much coriander for our taste, we liked the varierty of new dishes and flavours, new to our palates. We loved the plantain with homemade cheese and tomatoes. Unfortunately we were too full to try desserts! Constructive criticism is that the terrace could do with a bit of work and change in decoration; we only spent few minutes in the terrace. Overall great ethnic experience, totally recommended!
Transformative interiors took us away from London and dropped us into a South American evening which consisted of really polite and amicable staff, visible pride in their efforts and of course, the quality of their food. We chose all the recommended dishes and were left wanting nothing more. Except for an extra plate of chicken wings one of which had to packed for the journey home. We will definitely be back!
A delightful Ecuadorian restaurant in Islington, London that was a pleasing eating experience. The food was interesting and very nicely presented (pottery dishes, traditional woven cloths on the table). We shared ceviche with fried plantains and then the weekend barbeque special -- certainly enough for two people. The serving staff were very attentive and helpful, making good recommendations. The bill was reasonable (around £35 for meal and drinks) but they accepted the Gourmet Club card which cut the price to £25. We'll be back.