I was meeting up with a friend for dinner one evening in Shoreditch. I hadn’t tried Andina before but thought we should give it a go. It seemed very popular with nearly all of the tables full – although I later realised they have a large area downstairs.
Andina describes itself as a Picanteria & Pisco Bar – so it only felt polite to try one of the pisco sours which was exactly what I was hoping for.
Onto the food- we ordered pretty much every vegetarian option there was on the menu. Let’s break it down:
We started with the carrot fritters which were delicious and I actually really enjoyed – I would come back for them. Moving on, the tomato ceviche was colourful, attractive and tangy – not amazing, but tasty. Finally we tried the braised aubergine with crumbled feta – again no major complaints. Our final dish which was the corn burger took a really long time – I think the staff may have forgotten to process the order. Whatever the reason, we were almost ready to leave by the time it arrived. We decided to stay for dessert and I was very impressed with the avocado and strawberry pot – a surprisingly good combination!
I’d describe the food as good, not excellent and the service could definitely have been improved. But if you’re looking for somewhere easy and casual without too much fuss then I do think Andina is a good option with plenty of crowd pleasing dishes (including veggie and vegan ones). The food is fresh and the atmosphere is young and fun – enjoy!