It's National Ceviche Day, believe it or not, so here's our pick of the best Peruvian restaurants from across London

1. Ceviche Soho

17 Frith Street, W1D 4RG
It’s ceviche baby! Oh yeah! That Peruvian delight, that tongue-tingling treat of fleshy fresh fish, that sumptuous bowl of what-you-like, that citrus slap in the cheeks and mouth. It’s London’s new favourite food, and nowhere is this celebrated South American dish better exemplified than in Martin Morales’ excellent Ceviche in Soho. The cocktails are worth the trip alone, with Pisco sours being the obvious go-to cocktail order, but don’t leave without tucking into a bowl of the good stuff. Anything with tiger's milk in it is sure to impress.

2. Coya Mayfair

118 Piccadilly, W1J 7NW
If you wish your fish dishes to be a little more swish, then you might like to sample the upmarket Peruvian cuisine at Coya, a restaurant and private members bar that matches a traditionally laid-back South American aesthetic with swanky Mayfair sophistication. In either case the ceviche is top notch, with a diverse selection including sea bass, corvina, salmon and yellowfin available from the open charcoal grill in the middle of the dining room. And yes, there are enough Pisco sours to drown a tuna.

3. Pachamama

18 Thayer St, W1U 3JY
This Marylebone bar and kitchen is a popular lunchtime spot for locals, serving Peruvian-inspired sharing plates using ingredients sourced in the United Kingdom. Their ceviche offering includes some twists – try pickled potato with tuna, or samphire and sea bass, or smoked mushroom and corn – while their well-stocked Pisco and Mezcal bar will tempt you to stick around longer than is strictly necessary of an afternoon.

4. Lima

31 Rathbone Place, W1T
World-renowned Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez is behind this popular eaterie in Fitzrovia. Unusually, it serves a warm ceviche, starring hot scallops, a red mullet one and three for starters (a veg one, black bream and yellowfin tuna). It’s such a hit that there’s a sister restaurant, Lima Floral, a Dubai version and a pop-up in Harrods.

5. Andina

1 Redchurch Street, E2
We struggle to think of a better start to a Shoreditch knees up than Andina. Right in the thick of it off of the High Street, there’s a bustling pisco sour bar upstairs to ease you into the whole affair. If possible, request a table downstairs, which is much cooler and calmer than upstairs, and tuck into around four or five small plates off the menu. There’s a whole section of it devoted to ceviche; if you haven’t had it before, try the classic variety, which is sea bass and tiger’s milk, or the Andina version, which introduces avocado to the mix. And there are TWO vegetarian options, one with artichokes and another with asparagus.

6. Senor Ceviche

Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
If by now you’re thinking “how can there be an entire day devoted to what is essentially just raw fish in a tangy juice”, then you haven’t tried the raw fish in tangy juice at Senor Ceviche. This Peruvian pop-up turned Carnaby resident goes for explosive flavours rather than hide itself behind a modest veil of subtlety, and the result is both outrageous and delicious. Just be sure you’ve got a cold cocktail to sooth your tender buds.

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