If you love restaurants where the beautifully presented food is as attractive as the interiors, I know a great little place.
Chicama, on Kings Road in Chelsea, is a stylish, Peruvian spot offering fish and vegetable-based small plates alongside daily fish, fresh from the kitchen’s charcoal grill. It is a sister restaurant to the hugely popular central London eatery Pachamama and a very welcome addition to the SW London dining scene.
The interiors at Chicama are marvellous: gleaming pink marble counters, copper fittings and pink, star printed tile floors with the good looks continuing to the fairy-light-studded outdoor terrace.
And the food?
The menu looked amazing and we chose the sea bass ceviche, crispy aubergine with plantain miso and tuna tostada to start with. Along they came – then promptly vanished. Food this good doesn’t stay on the plate for long.
The tuna tostada with avocado jalapeño sauce, fried leeks, lime, radish
The crispy aubergine was absolutely delicious dipped into the exciting plantain miso sauce and topped with crunchy pecans.
As well as flavour, every dish has colour and crunch: all fish is delivered daily fresh from Cornwall, bringing the best of British produce together with zesty Peruvian flavours.
The first round was followed by a crunchy gem lettuce and quinoa salad.
A side of squid ink-infused black rice.
And a portion of blackened octopus with confit potato, sundried tomatoes and cauliflower. Tasty, tender, very moreish.
To finish it all, the dessert, torched meringue topped with Banana & yuzu ice cream and coconut, was sinfully delicious.
Think stylish, romantic, and top notch execution all in one.
383 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LP | +44 20 3874 2000 | website