The food at Pachamama is a cross pollination of Peruvian and Asian flavours, which comes through in a delicious and punchy way.
I still haven’t quite sussed out Old Street station yet, and trying to do it on an empty stomach doesn’t make it any easier. So I settle for eenie-meeney-miney-mo and off I go following my phone to the new Pachamama East. As my stomach reminds me to hurry it up, I see the colourfully lit, ‘A’ in the distance. I turn into the doorway and am taken a back by an 8ft poster before me, donning a naked man covering his dignity with a towel… Wrong entrance.
I head next door and am greeted by an immediate sense of warmth. Trendy wild flowers sit fashionably against open brickwork; Pachamama East definitely looks the part in its new neighbourhood.
Our waitress begins by recommending their popular Pisco cocktails to help us get settled in, how could we say no? If you like a Solero, we highly recommend the passionfruit Pisco.
The food at Pachamama is a cross pollination of Peruvian and Asian flavours, which comes through in a delicious and punchy way, particularly through the crispy lamb belly and duck on rice.
To kick things off we shared a few pick and mix plates with a couple of snacks. If you take anything from this review – apart from going in through the right door – ensure you start off with the ceviche or raw fish dishes before moving onto the others. A lot of the hot plates pack a dynamite blow of flavour, which means some plates get a little lost on your palette.
The standout dish had to be the octopus with black quinoa. Not a usual order for us, but heavily recommended by our waiter, so we thought, why not? When in Rome! The meat was so soft, as if it had been brined all day before cooking, and there is nothing more satisfying than a piece of meat which succumbs to your cutlery without hesitation.
We ended the meal with a little surprise that came in the form of yuzu ice-cream and soft meringue topped with crunchy oats (granola). We weren’t expecting our lives to change after this dish but… phwoar, the sharp yuzu and sweet meringue, paired with the crunchy pieces of oats was just… DY-NA-MY-TI-HEE! A balance of flavours and textures you’d expect from a restaurant of serious foody calibre that left us smiling with every bite.
Pachamama, welcome to East London, we’re sure you’ll feel right at home.
1. Octopus, black quinoa, onion, lime
Like an octopus shaped marshmallow made from 50% butter that you could cut with a spoon
2. Yuzu ice-cream, meringue, oat crumble
Flavour/texture explosion that works so well we didn’t want it to end
3. Duck on Rice
Quite literally as it says on the tin, with some saffron, citrus and buttery textures thrown in… which. is. BANGING
4. Pork Belly Chicharrones
Pork belly with a teriyaki, Peking duck, full stop delicious sauce we want to bottle and poor on everything
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