How to celebrate National Ceviche Day (28 June)

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Can't quite make it over to the Inca Trail for Peru's 'Dia del Ceviche'? Don't worry - we've compiled the best spots in London to try this fishy delicacy on it's national day.

Whether you're an Peruvian food fan or have absolutely no idea what we're talking about, the arrival of National Ceviche Day on June 28th is the perfect time to try as London's top Peruvian eateries celebrate the occasion. Originally created by Peruvian fishermen who combined freshly caught fish, chilli and tumbo fruit, there's a reason we're still eating this delicious dish over 2000 years later. London didn't quite cotton on until a few years ago, when the arrival of Martin Morales appropriately-named Ceviche restaurant introduced foodies to the wonder of this South American cuisine. While the trend for wearing hideous Peruvian alpaca wool jumpers fortunately died quite quickly, our love for ceviche is still going as chefs try new ways of serving this classic dish. The types of fish used, cutting methods, marinating time and seasonings are all debated, but the essence of the recipe remains the same - fresh, raw fish marinated in citrus juice, which effectively 'cooks' the fish. Check our pick of the best places in London for this delicious Peruvian dish!

Ceviche

Ceviche, London W1 Arguably the restaurant that kicked of the Peruvian food trend in London, this relaxed kitchen and Pisco sour bar in Soho takes ceviche to a whole new level with an expansive menu including razor clams, scallops and king fish. For National Ceviche Day, they've created a limited-edition trio that's only available this week, so get down there quickly. 17 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4RG www.cevicheuk.com

Lima

lima london Despite being the first of its kind to win a well-deserved Michelin star in October last year, this contemporary Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia is as laid-back and relaxed as ever. The ceviche section is small but perfectly formed - as well as delicious offerings using sea bream and tuna Nikkei, there's also a salmon 'hot ceviche' on the menu. 31 Rathbone Pl, London, W1T 1JH www.limalondon.com

Andina

andina Not content with just one Peruvian restaurant in London, Ceviche founder Martin Morales opened Andina in late 2013. Inspired by the 'soul food' of the Andes (hence the name, which means 'woman of the Andes), the menu is largely vegetarian and gluten-free, although a good variety of ceviche is still on offer. Not wanting to feel left out, Andina have also created a limited edition trio for National Ceviche day, which includes sea bass, salmon and kingfish. 1 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ www.andinalondon.com

Coya

coya Housed in a Georgian building in Mayfair, this sleek restaurant combines Latin American spirit with West London luxury. Along with a bespoke Pisco bar and three open kitchens, Coya has its own dedicated ceviche bar offering a veritable smorgasbord of seafood. A National Ceviche Day trio is also on the menu, although the contents remain under wraps. 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW www.coyarestaurant.com Chotto Matte ChottoMatte_Bar   While Japanese-Peruvian fusion may sound like an international nightmare to some, the team behind Chotto Matte ( including the founder of Ping Pong) make it work with a strong seafood menu featuring plenty of sushi and some superb ceviche. Food is served on small sharing plates, giving you a chance to try a variety of seafood ceviche, and there's even a 'ceviche maki' on offer! 11-13 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4RD www.chotto-matte.com   Want to try making this delicious dish at home? Check out Martin Morales' Sea Bass Ceviche recipe here.
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