Emulating the tropical paradise of the Amazonian and transcending its diners through a culinary journey, Amazonico London is a vibrant Latin American restaurant situated in the heart of Mayfair on Berkeley Square.
The second outpost of its Madrid counterpart, Amazonico London is the first international location under the umbrella with its third having recently opened in Dubai’s Financial Centre.
Founded by husband and wife duo Sandro Silva and Marta Seco, Amazonico has quickly become a hotspot known for its innovative cuisine, cocktails and live music.
Designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violan, the restaurant, lounge and bar encapsulates Latin influence through its lush interiors, with the design flowing consistently throughout the space adding to the sensory journey.
Unapologetically colourful and luscious, earthy tones of greens and neutrals create an inviting atmosphere and lively plants adorn the restaurant floor along with peacocks situated on the bar.
Diners in the restaurant can enjoy daily performances from a live Jazz band whilst those in the lounge and bar can take in upbeat electro sounds from resident DJ’s which add to the energetic ambience making the lounge so popular amongst the international jet-set that flock to it.
Foodwise, Amazonico certainly doesn’t disappoint, with a thoughtfully curated menu by Sandro and Marta, one can expect to experience the gastronomic delights spanning flavours from Brazil through to Columbia and Peru.
Split into small bites and larger plates, the menu is created with a sharing concept in mind and has an extensive offering of everything from salads and sushi, to meat and fish so it’s a good idea to order a few dishes for the table to really get a taste of the flavour embodied.
To start, it’s best to opt for some of the raw dishes and Amazonico bites, the flavours fuse well together, and it’s a great way to start the meal. Favourites from the Raw & Marinated section include one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, the Langosta Acocada, a flavoursome mix of Lobster and coconut gazpacho topped with Oscietra caviar.
The oysters prove popular too and come with a choice of different dressings and the Aguachile, a Mexican take on sea bass ceviche is also a particular highlight.
For the Amazonico Bites, the Instagram-worthy Ancas de Rana, fried frog legs are a must, served with a mango dressing, this delicacy is executed to perfection. The Tequeños, chicken rolls are also a nice appetiser shared and come with a cool mint and yoghurt dip.
For mains, one is left spoilt for choice by the woks, charcoal-grilled meats and fish on offer so again its best to take one or two of each for the table. Known for its steaks, Amazonico’s selection of fine cuts range from the chimichurri marinated Entraña skirt steak to Brazilian, Chilean and Argentinian flavoured cuts. Slightly larger plates designed to be shared between two are also offered in the Wagyu and Rib of Simmenthal options.
Very much showcasing traditional South-American cuisine with a contemporary flair, the menu also offers a selection of wok dishes which can be eaten alone as main or the Wok de 25 Verduras, the seasonal vegetable wok is a good alternative to side dishes.
Fish on the menu includes a daily changing catch of the day and another signature dish, the Merluza Negra, a perfectly cooked portion of hake served with grilled eggplant and plantain crisp. The grilled Octopus also comes as highly recommended and is served with a physalis relish.
Finish off with one of Amazonico’s delectable desserts (you can’t go wrong with the fondant) and you’ll soon find yourself wanting to return to the rainforest-come-restaurant over and over again.
Amazonico is temporarily open 12pm – 10pm daily in line with government regulations and follows strict measures to protect guests including the compulsory wearing of masks when not sat eating and asking to guests to queue outside to be seated during peak periods.
Text By Jaz Grewal