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Chicama: Tiger’s Milk on the King’s Road

Peruvian-inspired seafood restaurant Chicama (from the team behind Pachamama) recently opened on Chelsea’s bustling King’s Road. SEEN can’t wait to check it out.

Peruvian-inspired seafood restaurant Chicama (from the team behind Pachamama) recently opened on Chelsea’s bustling King’s Road. SEEN can’t wait to check it out.

Following in the spirit of its Marylebone sister site, Pachamama, Chicama is a feast of Peruvian-influenced fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, mixed with British ingredients and Peruvian traditional cooking techniques, such as the method of curing fish with the Peruvian citrus marinade ‘Tiger’s Milk’, and cooking over a charcoal-lit flame.

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Chicama’s Art Deco-style wave logo reflects the origins of its name, taken from a beach on the Northern coast of Peru, famous among surfers because of its long, perfectly formed continuous wave. The interior design, by Dimitry Ukraintsev (Pachamama) and Creative Director Micaela Philippo, gets its inspiration from both sand and sea with a contrast of luxe and rustic elements such as salvaged wood, copper and marble.

A pink marble bar top divides the open bar and kitchen, and highlights the beauty of the dusky peach velvet-upholstered seating, while star-patterned tiles reflect the soft colour scheme and an array of pot plants cascades down from high shelving, illuminated by gentle lighting that emanates from delicate hanging lamps. Mismatched wooden chairs and tables are dotted around the restaurant.

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Set back from the main road, Chicama occupies a corner site, flanked on one side by a 30-cover terrace open for lunch, dinner and drinks; perfect for summer, and even winter with its outdoor heaters.

The Chicama menu reflects the myriad of culinary influences in Peru, the umami flavours, reminiscent of the Nikkei and the abundant, exotic fruits and vegetables from the Amazon. The Peruvian influence runs through the menu: delicious ceviches stand out for their fresh flavours and addictive tiger’s milks; catch-of-the-day fish grilled on the charcoal robata, that elevates the simplicity of the coastal dining in Peru through bold spices, exotic marinades and sauces; and sweet desserts such as Whipped chocolate, chocolate crumble and raspberries; Sweet potato tart; Banana & yuzu ice cream, torched meringue, coconut and Grilled flat peach, puff pastry and guava sorbet.

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Chicama’s wine list is predominantly organic, biodynamic and sustainable, while the beer selection includes Japanese brands Hite Ice Point and Coedo Ruri. The Peruvian-inspired cocktail list features Barberola with ‘acerola cherry and rhubarb’ Barsol liquor, served as a spritz alongside an extensive collection of Pisco, Mezcal, Whisky and Sake from Japan by the glass.
With their great food, a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and plush interior design, Chicama is sure to follow in Pachamama’s footsteps, giving us all yet another excuse to visit the King’s Road.

www.chicamalondon.com

Chicama
383 King’s Rd
Chelsea
London
SW10 0LP

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