We’ve been a little bit in love with the punchy flavours of Peruvian cuisine since our trip there in 2017 – and we reckon the Pachamama group is one of the best places in London to fill up on it. Until now, we’d only ever been to the original Pachamama in Marylebone but they also have a spot in Shoreditch, Pachamama East, which is a similar affair serving up sharing style plates in a pretty relaxed environment.
Although we never attempted Veganuary, for those of you that are still holding out, you’ll be pleased to know that this month Pachamama East have launched an entirely vegan Peruvian-inspired weekend roast, served on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 4pm. So we went along to check it out.
Priced at £20, the vegan roast joins the line-up of lamb, beef, chicken and fish, consisting of a huge roasted Romanesco cauliflower which has been marinated for 10 hours in a fragrant Peruvian paste, made from dried panca peppers, ginger, garlic, bay leaves, cumin, rocoto (a type of pepper), achiote seeds and honey. Be warned – it’s really bloody spicy. It’s served with your regular line up of trimmings – a Yorkshire pudding, roasted carrots – as well as some less common additions such as grilled sprouting broccoli and smoked potatoes. It also comes with its own special soy-based gravy, as well as a punchy coriander, chilli and lime infused Aji Verde.
Nursing hangovers, we washed it down with their excellent array of non-alcoholic cocktails – including our favourite, the Chicha Morada – a traditional drink made with purple corn, pineapple, apple, cinnamon and lime.
Do leave room for dessert – they’re excellent. Try the coconut ice cream served with yacon syrup (said to be a superfood) and chocolate biscuit or the Peruvian chocolate mousse with quinoa ice cream.