Getting to Grips with the Peruvian Trend – Pisco Sours:
I have to be honest and admit that I hadn’t realised how popular Peruvian cuisine has become in London. I was asked to try a Pisco Sour at Nikkei Chotto Matte on Frith Street, and was amazed to find another Peruvian bar/restaurant only doors away. Clearly behind the trend, I needed to catch up, and fast!
Luckily the bartender had the same idea; we tasted an unadulturated Pisco first of all. To me this tasted something like a Grappa, and we were told that it’s made from grape skins, so is in fact pretty similar. We were then treated to the Pisco Sour, and my partner invited to show off his skills behind the bar.
This is made with the Pisco, lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white and bitters. The drop of bitters on the top is a guide for where your nose should go! I loved it, it was sharp and fresh.
We were treated to another cocktail, and given a whistle-stop tour of the kitchen.
The place was fresh looking, the staff friendly and helpful, the clientele having fun – and no wonder with such lovely food and drink on offer.
If you would like to do the same, Peruvian restaurants in London have banded together to celebrate the iconic Peruvian cocktail in London’s first Pisco Sour Week running from 1st to 8th February. Wrist bands will be available in the restaurants and allow you to enjoy £5 Pisco Sours at any of the venues during the week.
Restaurants taking part in the event include Peruvian Nikkei Chotto Matte, Lima Floral, Andina, Sr Ceviche, Pachamama, Tierra Peru and Titos. Most restaurants will be offering their signature take on the cocktail as well as new twists including different flavoured Pisco Sours.
Chotto Matte can be contacted at:
11-13 Frith Street, Soho,
London W1D 4RB
Tel: 0207 042 7171
12.00 pm to 1.30am Monday to Saturday
1.00 pm to 12.00am Sunday