Latin American Restaurant in London
Paladar is a vibrant Latin Amercian Restaurant in London, just a short stroll from Elephant & Castle. The celebration and love of Latin American flavours means there are some wonderful flavour combinations paired with great quality ingredients.
A sleek bar sits centre of this establishment (so if it’s just a cheeky cocktail you want, they will oblige) stocked exclusively with South American spirits and wines. The cocktail menu is extensive and there were more than a few interesting concoctions that piqued our interest.
In the end we whittled it down to the O’Prosti (£9.50): Cachaça Velho Barreiro, passion fruit martini with a shot of bubbly. This fruity take on the porn star martini went down well! We also loved the Lupita(£10.50): Tapatio Tequila, Lime, Passion fruit, Lulo and Jalapeno. We really enjoyed the sharp fruity kick of this drink with a hint of heat.
Latin American Starters
We opted for the Cassava fritters with mora compote, guava sauce (£6.50). The fritters were perfectly fried with a lovely crispy coating giving way to soft, flakey chunks of cassava that was nestled atop a delightfully jammy mora (blackberry) compote. The guava sauce offered a lovely light and fresh balance to the dish. It was great for dipping into – a really solid starter
The mains menu is handily split into sea/farm/land selections. Whilst everything looked delicious, we were heavily drawn to the seafood and opted for the Seabass fillet tamal oven roasted in banana leaf with crushed plantain, peanut & coconut, yuzu and lulu foam (£19.8). The seabass melted in the mouth nestled on top of deliciously sweet moreish plantain. The flavours worked beautifully with the delicate ctirus of the yuzu, an unusually delicious combination.
We also highly rated the Seared octopus tentacle with pumpkin seed pesto (£19.80). Served whole, the tentacle was tender and meaty. The pesto meant the dish had lovely earthy rich flavours running through each bite. The whole pumpkin seeds scattered over offered great texture.
Side wise, we had the rocket, carrot and raisin salad with agave and chipotle vinaigrette & cacoa shavings (£6.80). Ribbons of carrot sprinkled with the cacoa worked surprisingly well and it was a lovely light side that complemented our mains well.
We ordered the fabulous Purple corn churros (£8.50) with chocolate and ancho chili sauce and coffee dulce de leche. The churros were lovely and crisp dipped in the gorgeously rich and creamy dulce de leche.
Paladar is a fabulous unique Latin American restaurant in London that has some really exciting dishes on offer. We would highly recommend this friendly spot for a special occasion (they have a very well priced pre theatre menu too!). Excitingly, the restaurant also hosts artists celebrating South American and pieces are displayed on the walls. There is also the option to purchase the South American wines with a bodega conveniently located in the restaurant.
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