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Peruvian Brunches in London – Three Top Spots to Try

April 7, 2016

Try as I might, I’ve found it’s ridiculously difficult to avoid that popular made up meal time sandwiched between breakfast and lunch if you want to maintain any semblance of a social life. While I am generally not a fan of brunch, with a few exceptions here and there, it seems I am in the minority… well amongst my friends anyway. The girls like to gossip over brunch and since I do actually want to hang out with my lovely lady friends… off to brunch I must go!

Luckily for me, London has a million and one brunch options and some of them don’t just involve avocado and eggs – that’s right folks, you don’t always have to endure yolk-porn at that time of the day. So how did I brunch instead? Peruvian-style, that’s how. Imagine pancakes, porridge type dishes, and ceviche… ok, perhaps the ceviche is a stretch for some but I could eat that stuff anytime of the day! And if you dilly dally for another hour or so, we slide into lunch time and then anything goes…

Lima Floral, Covent Garden

Lima Floral offers two different three course brunch menus: the Andean Breakfast or the Long Lunch – we opted for the first, smaller option but still came away well sated! There was a refreshing quinoa porridge with fruit and honey to start, followed by the mains of potato pancakes, suckling pig brioche bun, and an egg frittata, before ending on a sweet note with an Amazonian chocolate mousse, alfajores, and dulce de leche.

A couple of items such as the suckling pig brioche and frittata missed the mark – one being too dry, the other too wet, but there were some strong showings too such as the moreish porridge and the decadent mousse! Overall, this is an exceptionally priced brunch given the amount of food and the quality… definitely enough left in the wallet to wander the nearby Covent Garden shops with!

Mommi, Clapham North

There’s a lot to choose from at Mommi so if you’re not quite ready to brunch outside of your comfort zone, this is the place to come. Alongside their Peruvian offerings of purple potato pancakes with blueberries, plantain and quinoa, or the fresh ceviches, they’ve also got the usual brunch suspects such as bacon, beans, and toast!

Their pancakes and frittatas might sound a little odd with elements such as yuzu soy mushrooms and purple potatoes but they really are moreish. I also enjoyed the confit duck leg with polenta, plantain and a soft boiled egg, and being a raw fish fan, I thought their sea bass ceviche was delicious.

Pachamama, Marylebone

Technically they serve lunch, but during the weekends meals can all merge together can’t they? My first impression of Pachamama was just how stunning the dining room is; light and airy and ideal for a day time natter but also cosy enough for those evening cocktails followed by dinner! The menu is strictly Peruvian with several ceviches as well as chicken anticuchos and pork chicharrones; this is perhaps not the place to come if some of your party are seeking the traditional.

We enjoyed some crispy fried chicken and the inevitable sea bass ceviche, along with some other meaty bits and pieces but the highlights were the brown crab and yuca churros and surprisingly for me, the aubergine with smoked yoghurt and pecans. The churros were a revelation – I’d only ever eaten sweet versions so a savoury dish was quite the novelty, in a good way. The cocktails are worth trying too as you’ll probably be there after midday and therefore it’s acceptable to have a drink!

So there you have it… it wasn’t all a rouse, brunch options that don’t revolve around avo and eggs do exist. Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest just enough to make you brunch outside the box, Peruvian-style!

But if not, I know you all have loads of brunch recommendations so hit me with them and try convince me that brunch is not the enemy.

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  • I really want to go to Pachamama!! The cocktails always look so good too! I really like Andina too, though only been for dinner, but I hear the breakfast/brunch is very good too.

    • Pachamama is actually lovely; we had such fabulous service and the food and decor is gorgeous! I haven’t been to Andina yet but I do also love Ceviche!

  • Ooooh I’ve been to Pachamama and Lima but I’ve only recently heard about Mommi but I must go there and try the ceviche!

    • Pachamama was definitely my favourite of the three but all we’re pretty good! I’m yet to visit Lima so that’s definitely on the hit-list… and Mommi is conveniently south of the river so I’m sure I’ll be popping over again soon.

  • Oh those churros were so dreamy, I didn’t even find myself wishing they were sweet and there was chocolate on the side – that’s how good they were! Hahaha I know my anti-brunch ways are totally controversial!

  • Of these three, I’ve only been to Lima Floral so thanks for the recommendations! I love the healthy aspect of Peruvian food

    • Me too – it’s always so fresh and full of flavour! Also helps that it usually looks so pretty too!

  • Same with Angie. I like Lima Floral but love Lima more. That said, I’ve yet to try Mommi – it’s so close by!

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    • I’m really keen to try Lima – definitely looks to be a bit more sophisticated than Floral! Mommi is exceptionally good value and handily south of the river!

  • I’ve not been to any of these but I loved the food in Peru (minus the alpaca and guinea pig!) so I may have to try one of these some time 🙂

    • I’m hanging out for the real thing… haven’t been to South America yet and I feel like I need to finally try guinea pig! But don’t worry, no guinea pig or alpaca at any of the London restaurants so you’re safe!

  • I am so with you on brunch and avocado and eggs *roll my eyes*, the only brunch thing I ever enjoy is bacon and pancakes which i can both make at home!

    I have Lima on my list but not as a brunch option, so thanks for sharing!!


    • I think that’s my thing about it too – I can happily make it at home for a fraction of the price and it still tastes good! I’m definitely keen to visit Lima for a proper meal!

  • I believe I have a whole post dedicated just to my favourite brunches, haha. And they mostly involve avocado and eggs! But I did very much enjoy Mommi for brunch, and I also saw that Andina in Shoreditch does brunch when I was there for dinner, which I’d love to try. Those Peruvian flavours are drool worthy!

    • Haha I know I’m pretty much going against the grain but saying I don’t like brunch! Mommi is really good value and conveniently south of the river, I also really like Señor Ceviche!

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  • As a half Peruvian, I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t tried many Peruvian places in London although I think that’s because no one will quite beat my mum’s home cooked Peruvian food! I’ve tried Lima Floral and enjoyed their weekend brunch deal, i also love the laid back vibe. I’ve been to Coya and thought their cocktails were amazing but that the food is way overpriced for what it is. I’m excited about Mommi though so will have to give that a go! 🙂

    • I totally agree with your sentiments and am not one bit surprised that the best Peruvian food you’ve had has been cooked by your mum! That’s really interesting to hear about Coya, everyone raves about it but I have heard it’s really pricey so you’re probably spot on with your assessment!

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