On Wednesday we went for lunch at Lascar 74 in Poble-sec. Lascar 74 is a ceviche restaurant and pisco bar. Ceviche is a cured raw fish dish, where citrus fruits are used to “cook” without heat. Ceviche comes from Peru and is thought to have originated among the Moche, a pre-Columbian coastal civilisation. However, this style of fish dish may also have its roots in Ecuador and it’s become quite popular in Mexico too. Pisco is an amber coloured brandy which comes from the winemaking regions of Peru and Chile – it was created by Spanish immigrants in the 17th century. Pisco lends its name to the very popular cocktail, Pisco Sour, containing egg white, pisco, simple syrup, lime juice and bitters.
We arrived early, so I sampled the vermut del a casa, which is enlivened with pisco and ginger among other things. I was so impressed by the South American take on vermut that I drank two!
As usual, we were here for the menú del dia, where the set lunch comes with a drink from €10.
We’d arranged to meet Simon here and he brought Vanessa Fenton (ex lead artist with the Royal Ballet) with him. Somehow we got off piste quite quickly and in front of us were a dozen oysters and a bottle of cava.
After the brief interlude we were back to the menú, the first course being ensalada Lascar – a salad of spiralised courgette, green leaves, nuts, figs and ají.
Now on course we switched to drinking a bottle of rosado.
Oli pointed out that for an additional €2 we could order from the more expensive World Ceviches for our second course. I jumped at the chance to order the El Japonés nikkei ceviche – tuna with leche de tigre (tiger’s milk), soy and sesame, edamame beans, shitake mushrooms and seaweed. This was absolutely stunning – I’d go back again, just for this dish alone.
…and finally we ordered a single sticky brownie and 4 spoons.
We got a bit carried away here, but the regular set lunch of ensalada Lascar, a classic ceviche and a drink (wine, beer or water) costs €10. A pudding added to the ménu del dia brings the cost up to €13. I consider this to be great value and the service here is excellent!