“When I was growing up in Lima, every month I looked forward to getting an ‘encomienda’ from my grandmother, Mamita Naty. Naty was an andina, a lady of the Peruvian Andes, and a picantera – one of the women who run the picanterias, the restaurants at the heart and soul of the Andean community.
The encomienda was a large basket full of native superfoods from her village: quinoa, amaranth, purple maize, maca, chia… A note attached read ‘Con mucho cariño’ – ‘With loving care’.
Years later, when I moved to London, I knew I wanted to use the love of produce and cooking I’d inherited from Mamita Naty.
Andina in Shoreditch is the result of this heritage. It is a modern ‘picanteria’: all-day, pioneering restaurant serving healthy food and drinks inspired by the Peruvian Andes.
Drop by early morning for a warm pastry or a great coffee; pop in for a quick bite for lunch; or make a night of it with our small dishes and feasting plates, all accompanied by a great Latin American wine or a punchy pisco-based cocktail.
Mamita Naty would be proud of what her encomiendas have inspired. Her spirit lives at Andina. And here too we do everything ‘con mucho cariño.”
– Martin Morales, Founder of Andina and the Ceviche Family