Butifarra – Peruvian

Listed on Time Out’s ‘The 100 best cheap eats in London’, this eatery is certainly very attractive on price.

Butifarra is located in Soho, near Leicester Squarer and serves Peruvian food.

We therefore couldn’t visit without trying out the ceviche speciality – Sea beam (£6). It was served in tiger milk (we requested the Amarillo option for some chilli flavour) with corn and sweet potatoes. The ceviche was delicious. I’m always frightened by the idea of raw fish but when it comes to actually eating it, the texture is never unpleasant. The fish was soft and the spicy sauce give it a good kick.

Mains – Smoked Chicken and Chorizo butifirra (£6.60), a traditional Peruvian sandwich, and Arepas: a soft, sweet and cheesy yuka-corn pancake, with beef short rib (£4,80).

For this price you typically get a starter or bite sized portions but we thought the dishes were big enough for a whole meal.

The restaurant doesn’t serves any alcohol but it does offer a BYOB option for a £5 corkage fee per person. It also offers a great selection of fresh juices –  I tried “Purple” made of purple corn, cloves, cinnamon, pineapple and lime, very unusual.

You can book a table if you’re planning to visit the restaurant however it’s also a great spot for a quick eat when passing by. We had no problem getting a table on a Friday evening but the place is small and only offers seating for 15-20 people.


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Seam beam ceviche                                             Short rib corn pancake

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