Peruvian at Andina
Sick of the standard avocado and toast brunch? Me too so I decided to try a different cuisine and go for a typical Peruvian brunch at Andina.
Peruvian food has never been one that I've experienced much but is steadily on the rise when it comes to pop-ups and bars in the city. Whilst it was a peak time of 11am on a Sunday, we were offered a bar seat underground straight away, though if there are more than two if you, you may struggle to get a seat.
Downstairs was full of young, most likely hungover people as we were in East London. We were instantly chatting with the bartenders, eager to help us on our first time. And we definitely struggled with choice on the menu. As someone who normally likes one thing, the amount of choice that appealed to me was a rarity. We ended up starting with two power smoothies called Ekeko (carrot, melon, pear juice, lime, maca and ginger) and Zarzamora (blackberries, blueberries banana, maca and apple juice). Both were divine and zesty without being too overpowering with one flavour (here's looking at you, banana) and were a good kickstart for the day.
But about the brunch. They recommend a few each as they aren't the biggest but decided to go for one each. We weren't famished but if you are, then definitely go for a few more. the Camote Pancakes (sweet potato and honey) were a fun, sweet texture and denser than usual pancakes.
However, it was my Huevos Q’apachana dish that blew my mind. Simply potato purée, poached eggs and spinach; yet was one of the tastiest brunches I've had. Every mouthful I kept telling my friend "seriously, oh my god". The yolks were bright yellow and tasty, the spinach was perfectly wilted and the saltiness of the puree was perfect for any hangover for sure.
The other options included some exotic granola and yoghurts, corn souffle or, of course, the classic avocado on toast. But I'll definitely be heading back for their dinner menu, especially as it caters to lots of intolerances such as lactose and gluten. And it helps that the bar staff were so friendly and ready for a chat and recommendations along the way.
If you're ever in Shoreditch, ignore the standard cafe of avocado overkill and get a taste of Peru at Andina. I guarantee you'll be adding the country to your bucket list if not just for the cuisine.
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