When we have a trip to London, I’m always on the search for somewhere to eat that comes with a glowing recommendation. Leicester Square Kitchen came up again and again after a request for help on Twitter.
The restaurant has large windows that create an airy space with an outside seating area for warmer days. The marble top tables and rose gold lighting make for an instagrammers dream! Offering a fairly extensive menu split into a selection of contemporary Mexican and Peruvian-inspired dishes with both a pre-theatre choice (3 dishes for £22 or 4 dishes for £27).
Once we had ordered our drinks, we were offered some guacamole and nachos which we declined only based on the fact we’d opted for the 4 dish menu! I did spot the dish on someone else’s table and it looked incredible.
Food is served as and when it’s ready in the kitchen so we decided to order 8 dishes in total and share each one so that we were eating together. The dishes are fairly portioned so it made sharing easy.
First out were both salad dishes – crispy duck and pomegranate ensalada with papaya chilli dressing plus an Avocado and corn salad with blackberry dressing. There was a definite kick to the crispy duck salad and there was a satisfying amount of duck in dish.
Next to swiftly arrive we’re the black lime and cilantro chicken skewers – neatly presented as a pair which was super for sharing! I was a little disappointed in this dish as I felt the flavour was lacking slightly. Not sure if this was because the two salad dishes that had arrived 5 minutes before were super tasty.
Mexican matchstick chicken with habanero dip arrived which was a bowl of chicken wings. These had a warming spicy flavour whist the dip certainly packed a punch! The stone bass with crushed Andean chilli lime sea salt arrived not looking particularly appealing (in comparison to how the other dishes had been presented) however the soft fish flakes as soon as the fork touched it.
Wanting to add some vegetables into the mix we chose the seared tender stem broccoli, charred kale and shimeji mushrooms anticicho which was served in a hot clay pot. The vegetables were smothered in a rich, thick, glossy sauce with bags of flavour and spice which hit you with every mouthful. It was a completely different taste to anything else we ordered and it felt slightly out of place.
Now the puddings – the highlight of the dishes in my opinion! These were served at the same time. The Lima Sensacion which was a smooth coconut mousse filled with a guava purée. A raspberry tuile and a lime sponge adds some tartness to the mousse. Small drops of mango coulis finished this dessert.
My absolute favourite was Esfera de Chocolate – doughnuts with a gooey chocolate middle. Served with a dulche de ledge icecream and caramelised pistachios which added a good ‘crunch’.
My only criticism is that there weren’t any tacos on the pre theatre menu which is a little sad to see in a Mexican restaurant.
The service was attentive without being overbearing. We mentioned that we had to make a sharp exit to get our seats for the matinee they hurried the desserts along and delivered the bill so that we could pay.