Chicha [Hong Kong]
I think I am correct in saying this is HK's first Peruvian restaurant. It comes from the team that run Tapeo which is my favourite Spanish Tapas style restaurant. I know my Spanish food pretty well and I always feel Tapeo gets pretty close so hopefully it does the same with Peruvian a food I know nothing about.
It i good space in the old Chez Patrick spot in Soho, the welcome is warm from some of the crew from Tapeo, they ate obviously using their seasoned team to set up the new place and it shows. I have been twice, first a couple of days after opening then a few weeks later. It was running smoothly from the off, and was better a week or so later.
There are three spaces, the main room is quite noisy with lots of hard surfaces (this is being softened), then a open kitchen with bar stool seating (this is the best) and then a small bar with stools to wait (and grab snacks).
The food is mild with little chilli heat, but lots of dishes obviously span the border. Tacos are the crispy variety and good, skewers (Anticuchos) black cod are very moreish, and the mashed potato dishes (Causa) are interesting and no doubt very traditional, and we especially liked the selection of Cerviche. The main courses look good and they look enormous....next time.
It's a good place to try, it isn't Michelin territory, but it is a good place for a casual meal. Is it genuine? I don't know, but they are trying hard, and are sourcing ingredients direct from Peru (the black mint on the Anticuchos for example). It will be a regular spot for us.