Date night; two words not to be meddled with, rescheduled or cancelled if you want to stay in my good books. Closing my emails down after a demanding week at work, slipping into the heels that stay in my desk drawer Monday – Thursday and spritzing on my favourite perfume is the start of something that I have really begun to value deeply. We were invited to Señor Ceviche, a restaurant that had been firmly on my to-eat- list for a long time to see if it ticked all of our date night desires…
The colourful restaurant neighbours all the right kind of places; Pizza Pilgrims, Rum Kitchen, Moosh, Cinnamon Kitchen so on first impressions we like what we see. During the summer I imagine the windows of the restaurant are left open, allowing the fun, colourful music to seep beyond Kingly Court’s balcony and entice any passers-by into committing a restaurant booking affair right then and there. Sound and lighting are almost as important to me as a good smile and great eye contact; both create character and charm. The Peruvian character of Señor Ceviche is confident, the flavours, zingy and spicy, all of which greet you well before you’ve parted your lips to try it; the ambience is uplifting and friendly encouraging you to leave any date night nerves beyond the door.
The menu is delectable with a wide choice of small plates to share and sneakily become protective of. Give into the lusty, morsels of pork goodness, the Chifa Chicharrones, which are wonderfully soft and juicy. Rolling my eyes at the taste of those as we clinked cocktail glasses, it was evident that this date night was going to be hitting all the right spots. We had to try the ‘Señor Ceviche’ too which is served refreshingly cool, a mixture sea bass and octopus ceviche served with aji Amarillo tiger’s milk, sweet potato puree, avocado, coriander, red onion and satisfyingly crispy baby squid. Choose the Pachamnca Pork Ribs and savour the deliciously sticky yakiniku sauce from your fingertips, the variety between spice, fresh coolness and sticky-sweet is gorgeous. Catch up and rekindle as you fight over the last dunk within the serving dips and juices served with each mouth-watering tapas dish.
After the climax of our Frigoles Negros, (a dish of black beans and smocked bacon, complimented by a cool dollop of sour cream) and the BBQ Jerusalem Artichoke dishes arriving on our table we began to reach for the cocktail menu to wash it all down with. For me, it had to be Uncle Pastuzo, a theist-quenching mix of gin, marmalade, grapefruit juice and creamy egg whites. I couldn’t stay loyal to him, though, sipping on an indulgent Lavender Fizz later that evening – I generally opt for a sweeter cocktail over dessert if I’m feeling full and steal a few mouthfuls of his….(Warning: the Dulche de Leche ice cream is good…so good that you should probably just order your own if you’re like me…!)
For vibrant music, vibes, an ambience that crushes away the stresses of the week and allows you to reconnect with your other half; for food that creates questionable groaning sounds of gratitude, Señor Ceviche is a perfect date night reservation.
For more information or to book, please visit senor-ceviche.com/