A Cevicheria - Chef Kiko Martins
Beyond the sloping streets and hierarchical scheme of roads and lanes that lead to the Príncipe Real neighbourhood, sits the Peruvian-energised restaurant A Cevicheria. Here you can learn to savour new flavours, with Peru's mouthwatering cured-fish ceviches, squid ink mashed-potatoes and vinegarish freshly prepared dishes to crave for. The playful atmosphere, friendly service and giant sponge-filled octopus above your head will keep you entertained.
A Cevicheria has only scratched the surface of Peru's endlessly fascinating cuisine, but it isn't even the intentions of Owner/Chef Kiko Martins. The culinary experience Kiko aspires to is based on a Portuguese version of Peruvian dishes. For instance, instead of salmon cured in lime juice, he adds cod fish, or the Peruvian mashed potatoes are mixed in squid ink. There are tacos and empanadas for the alternative version of the menu selection, and even pisco sour drinks are served here, in addition to the endless selection of Portuguese wines on display. In under two years, Chef Kiko has won numerous awards for his restaurant A Cevicheria, including the attribution of 2 forks promoted by the Lisbon City Council (in which they prized his other restaurant O Talho as well), 'Highlight of the Year' award and entries to countless restaurant awards in press pages.
Chef Kiko Martins opened A Cevicheria in 2014, where his idea has always been to develop and show new ways of eating fish. At the beginning of 2015, he took part in the TV program, RTP1 Cook Off - Duel of Flavour, giving him the opportunity to travel around Portugal and discover the gastronomic charm that exists from the north to the south. Be on the look out for his next move as he is always working on new projects around the world.
Don't be frustrated for the 'first come, first serve' service, as due to the hefty demand, A Cevicheria does not accept reservations. We would recommend going for a glass of wine (or two) at around noon time and waiting for your seat. Our waiting time was about 30 minutes, but who really keeps an eye on the time when the sun is shining and you can enjoy a drink alfresco whilst you wait?
We recommend asking for a seat at the bar, as you get to really engage with the chefs and see how they master their craft of cooking. If you feel indecisive about what to eat, leave the difficult choices to others and order the tasting menu. You'll receive an appetising selection of punchy, seasonal dishes symbolic of A Cevicheria, followed by your choice for drinks and something sweet to round things off. The 'A Cevicheria's Tasting Menu' consist of a 6 course tasting haven. We tried the green gazpacho and mackerel, the king dish ´ceviche puro´, BBQ octopus causa, the sea quinoto and the o talho´s tartare taco which has beef, horseradish, cream and taco. For dessert, the goat cheese cake is beyond delicious and the passion fruit sweet quinoa with banana cream and guava sorbet is a great option as well.
A Cevicheria keeps passing revellers with rumbling tummies happy since 2014. Everything about the restaurant succeeds and attracts both locals and tourists. A must-try restaurant that will make you wish your city had one.
A Cevicheria | Chef Kiko Martin is a travel nomad bringing this time Peruvian-inspired dishes to the table | Monday to Saturday From 12:30 - 24:00 | 38.70€ 6 entree Tasting Menu | Lisbon, Portugal | Street - Rua D. Pedro V, 129 Principe Real | Tlf: +351 21 803 8815 | firstname.lastname@example.org |