Ten restaurants to recapture that holiday feeling
The restaurants that transport you to another culinary destination
Whether you're dreaming of that Latin American holiday that remains high on your most desirable destinations or fortunate enough to have experienced ceviche, tiradito and tacos in their native kitchen, you want to prolong the tropical living. There's nothing better than a caipirinha, a lush plant-filled glamorous oasis just off Kensington High Street and a hyper-talented chef, Francisco Lafee, hot from El Celler Con Roca (first number one in World's 50 Best Restaurant list) to revive that holiday spirit.
Owned by dashing Spanish twins, Zuaya is exuberantly tropical yet the right side of sophistication, and the food is very good indeed.
Best of all was a vegan beetroot based ceviche with watermelon, lime and blood orange. It outshone the sea bream ceviche with sweet potato ice-cream and a generous tuna tartare with impeccable zing. Outstanding among the creative tacos were black (squid ink infused) tacos filled with spicy squid, a dish to return for. And for a more substantial meal grilled octopus with corn puree looked superb as did the sea bream with ginger, coriander, mint and kaffir lime.
Frankly all eyes should be on the dessert list. Quindim is a must. it is an egg yolk rich custard tart served with cinnamon, bayleaf ice cream and raspberries. Utterly delicious.
The cocktail shaker is an ex Hakkasan mixologist and at the weekends there is DJ playing chilli out and tropical sounds. All the ingredients to prolong the holiday vibes.