"Pachamama is a Peruvian-inspired bar & restaurant in Marylebone that is dedicated to making the most of the extraordinary ingredients available in the UK. The cocktail menu is Pisco-focused and our cupboards are stocked with Mezcal. Open for weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner and drinks 7 days a week."
That is a complete copy and paste job right there. They explain who and what they are so well.
Marylebone does have some hidden gems and you can quite easily walk past Pachamama on Thayer Street. However, Google Maps and a keen eye, helped us find this Peruvian restaurant & bar.
Walk down the stairs and you are greeted by the team and a nice cosy restaurant. Dimly lit, inviting and yet, with a bit of mystery about it too. Pachamama has been having rave reviews from a few blogger and foodie peeps, so when thinking of options after some late night shopping, I decided to visit this restaurant; confident that it will be good.
Peruvian food is so good. London is now actually getting spoilt with the number of good options, such as Lima, Ceviche, Andina and a few others too. Pachamama, continues the good vides from South America with its sharing plates and lovely Pisco Sours.
Unfortunately, one of the main dishes of Peru, Ceviche was something we could not go for. With Laura being pregnant, we had to skip this. We were not too hungry, so ordered a few dishes to share. These were:
It doesn't seem like a lot, but we were stuffed by the end of it. Filling dishes.
A quick overview of the food, all dishes were great, the 'Duck on Rice' not that great. the croqueates were a portion of three balls, an intriguing number with one each and then one to fight for. A nice crunch and a very creamy filling. The shortrib added good depth to the balls which were inhaled and devoured with great speed.
Peru and its food, always gives me fond memories. I want to go back to Pachamama to try their ceviche as this is the number one dish. I feel like I need to try this to give a better review of the restaurant. The Pisco Sour, another delicacy in Peru was really good here. The egg white foam was airy and the punch of Pisco was subtle; more like a jab.
The Aubergine was a surprise dish and it made me very happy too. Aubergine on the whole is just an awesome veg. The smoked yoghurt with the aubergine made it very delicious and each bite, delicately eaten was a special moment. Aubergine, I salute you.
The few dishes we had, had Laura and I very stuffed. Each was packed full of goodness, carbs, protein and more fun (fat I guess too). The Octopus dish was tasty, a nice char on it and very meaty. I would definitely order this again.
The 'Duck on Rice' was a strange one and not something I have seen before on a Peruvian menu. It didn't really work for me, as a dish it wasn't sure if the rice was standing out or the duck. The rice needed more seasoning and the duck was a bit bland too. Ceviche next time please.
Pachamama, I will see you again as I need to give you more time and attention. Thanks for the Pisco, Aubergine and Octopus and next time I will say hi to your Ceviche.
We are truly blessed to have such great variety of cuisines in London and each restaurant is driving the standard higher and higher. Long may in continue.