Published on May 13, 2021

At the start of each month, we take the time to explore one of the unique businesses or organisations that sit in the heart of the Old Street District, making it the lively and buzzing destination that we all adore. This month, we were thrilled to chat to the team at Crudo Cevicheria, a new South American restaurant based on Old Street.

How would you describe Crudo to someone who hasn’t visited before?

Crudo is a little bit of South America with similar colours, and flavours brought to London. The best place to have delicious, fresh ceviche at an affordable price.

What’s the most popular thing on your menu?

We are known for our signature ceviche bowls, the most popular is our Clasico bowl with sea bass, quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, Colombian plantain chips and Peruvian cancha corn. Our tiraditos and pisco sours are also very popular and only available in our Old Street location!

Can you tell us a little bit about your team and the atmosphere in the restaurant?

We are a small team with a small restaurant and a small menu, but we put a lot of passion into what we do to make you enjoy every second of your time with us. In a very South American way, through our delicious, fresh food, friendly service and tropical beats you will be immediately transported to a warm holiday environment.

What do you love about the area? How would you recommend someone spends a day in Shoreditch/the Old Street area?

Pre-pandemic we loved how there was always something going on, a new opening, street-art, pop up or event you could never get bored of visiting this area! Since we opened in December, we’ve appreciated the support from the community that lives around the area and how much they’ve helped us.

The pandemic has undoubtedly had a huge impact on businesses in our area. How did you navigate it? How does the way you operate now differ to how you operated before the pandemic?

We opened our Old Street cevicheria on 4 December last year, thinking that we would be lucky enough to open whilst restrictions were progressively being lifted. We’ve remained opened for the past few months with a reduced menu, only offering our ceviche bowls to take-away but we’ve also launched multiple exciting initiatives such as our Pisco sour at home kits that quickly became popular.

What advice would you give to businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector, during a crisis like this one?

Continue focusing on the most important thing: your customers. Be ready and open to adapt your concept and offering whilst being mindful of how you spend your time and money.

Have you felt supported by the Old Street District community? How else could the local community support you?

We have felt very supported! Our customers started knowing about us whilst in lockdown and our customer base has grown every week. 🙂

Describe Crudo in three words – Spanish or English!

Fresh, South American and delicious!