As much as we like to complain about the turn in weather, here in the UK, we cannot resist the charm of a cozy blanket while dining al fresco. Chelsea’s pastel beauty, Chicama is a Peruvian restaurant and part of the Pachamama group. Known for tapas style dining on covetable crockery, there’s now a quaint winter terrace in which to dine and yes, it’s heated. And it’s dog friendly.
Strung with fairy lights and dressed in the same shabby chic style as the main restaurant, look forward to your girls’ weekend brunch here. Chicama specialises in Nikkei cuisine, the Japanese branch of cooking. Here fish and vegetables are heavy hitters, where you can find inspired plates like the tuna tostadas that are a light bite and refreshing on the palate.
The genius of making exotic foods accessible continues with the tapioca marshmallows with ocapa sauce (£7), which is a must try. It might sound adventurous but the flavours are familiar, think of an ever so spicy coriander dip and the upgraded version of crispy tofu! And while the brown blob that is the crispy aubergine in miso (£9) may look like it’s seen better days, you’ll find your fork wandering over to that plate again and again.
No one can leave Chicama without trying one of the best octopus dishes in London, and yes that’s quite a statement to make. The crispy, ever so lightly charred skin slips off the succulent white flesh (£15) and the explosion of textures goes on with the crumbly confit potatoes and tart tomatoes.
383 King’s Road