I’ve been wanting to have breakfast at Andina London restaurant for a very long time. Ever since I heard about their famous quinoa and amaranth porridge.
So Andina situated at 1 Redchurch street in shoreditch, describes themselves as a modern Picanteria – an all-day pioneering restaurant serving healthy food and drinks inspired by the Peruvian Andes.
They serve food all day from breakfast, lunch and in the evening it turns into THE place to be in shoreditch, with a lot of people stopping off for dinner and cocktails before hitting the trendy nightlife in the area.
I had a solo breakfast here on a a very quiet Monday morning, so I didn’t experience the ‘buzz’ everyone tells me about, which was just fine with me. It’s not a particularly huge space, but it’s very cozy and the staff were super helpful.
I ordered their Green Vayeho superfood smoothie, which has avocado, pear juice, mint, lime and spinach. I wasn’t quite expecting it to be as filling and thick as it was, but it tasted amazing. I had that with the amaranth porridge which came with some goldenberry honey and fruit syrup, that I didn’t use. To be honest it had this gorgeous consistency and taste, I didn’t think it really need the syrups.
I had never had amaranth till I ate at Andina so I kind of didn’t really know what I was eating. A conversation with the waiter soon had me educated on this mysterious grain.
Amaranth grains are an excellent source of protein as well as dietary fibre and minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. It has a subtle flavour, and is neither sweet or savoury, making it perfect for all kinds of cooking & baking. It is gluten free and therefore is safe for coeliacs to consume. *side note* way to educate your staff Andina, extra points for that;-)
I’ll definitely be coming back here for lunch and maybe dinner, from what I’ve seen of the menu it sure is worth it.
So to wrap up, great atmosphere, friendly staff and awesome food. If you do stop by, please do share your experience with me, I’d love to eat how you get on.
Leave me a comment below and let me what your favourite/new restaurant discovery is.
Till next time my lovelies, love the life you’re living. Xo