Flavours of Peru with Chef Virgilio Martinez

Last night, I popped into a food tasting at The Cookbook Café inside the Intercontinental Park Lane to try Chef Virgilio Martinez’s Flavours of Peru. You may wonder what Peruvian dining actually is and rightly so. Peruvian food isn’t necessarily a familiar experience for most Londoners. But that’ll change next year with a couple of impending restaurant openings.

So, what did we have? Well, first off, the Pisco Sour!

The ingredients of this cocktail include pisco, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white and a few drops of Amargo de Angostura.

Very yummy!

We were then served:

Sea Bass Ceviche with a lime infused shot

Beef's Heart


Mashed Potato

Chicken Stew

And various desserts:


Purple Corn Jelly

… amongst others. All of the dishes I tried were very delish. There was a lot of surprise in the flavours, which I was so excited about.

And after all that, my friend and I popped into the hotel’s bar and I ordered a …

Lychee Martini

Whilst the barman introduced us to a …

Mother's Ruin

Flavours of Peru at The Cookbook Café runs only for this week and ends on 23rd October. The two course lunch and dinner menu are £30 per person and this includes a Pisco Sour, along with tea/coffee.

The main reason to try this menu is because of the chef behind it: Virgilio Martinez. By the age of 31 he has already held the position of Executive Chef at Astrid y Gaston and is listed on the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list. He is currently chef patron of Central restaurant in Lima, which has received critical acclaim since opening in 2010. And next year he is set to open his own restaurant in London, with a site earmarked in Shoreditch.

Reservations can be made on 020 7318 8563 or hello@cookbookcafe.co.uk, and further information can be found at www.cookbookcafe.co.uk.

After last night, I can’t wait to see Peruvian cuisine enter the London restaurant landscape. Exciting times!

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