On the second floor of 29 Wyndham Street is the lively Latin music and a very spacious floor combining bar, dining area and dance floor altogether. Along with the cheerful customers drinking, eating, dancing and chatting giggly, you have literally transported to the kingdom latino-americano stepping out of the elevator.
Unlike many of the restaurants in Central, Picada is an unpretentious place that is down to earth with a casual vibe. Yet, the food is definitely curated and displayed in a refined manner, with the ingredients freshly delivered from abroad.
The meal was perfectly started off with their signature, Peruvian Ceviche (HK$148). I am not a fan of fish (to be honest never had fish in my life that’s how much I hated it), I summoned up all my courage to order this dish since it’s the signature – And I cleared the plate in seconds.
The ceviche was prepared with fresh seabass delivered directly from France. Maybe it’s because of how fresh the seabass is that it didn’t have the awful fishy taste that I hate. In addition to that, there’s a smoky taste from the sweet potato paste and the citrus from the sauce Leche de Tigre had the right amount of sourness that greatly aroused my appetite. Together with the Peruvian corn choclo, this plate had so much texture and flavours that got me hooked.
Another reason why I love this dish the most is because of how they put a plate of ice right underneath the ceviche to ensure the whole dish tastes fresh and cold enough at all times. Easily the best summer dish.
We also ordered the Hot Scallop (HK$98 for 2pcs). The grilled and smoky taste of the scallop itself was lovely, and it was complimented extremely nicely with the edamame wasabi pure as well as the citrus yellow Peruvian sauce, crispy purple potato and chipotle oil.
Next came the Carne Anticuchos – Sirloin Skewers (HK$128). The beef was exceptionally juicy and tender that filled your mouth with waves of satisfaction. Certainly another must-order dish.
We had to try out the Beef Arepa (HK$78) and the beef empanada (HK$198) too since both are famous south-American dishes, especially in Venezuela and in Colombia. The beef in both dishes was slowly cooked for 24 hours which made it brilliantly flavourful, and it was served with guacamole sauce made from fresh avocados from Mexico. While the bread was made with Venezuelan Harina Pan corn flour and hence these dishes are completely gluten-free!
We were already quite filled at this point (as you could already tell how much we had ordered). For the big sharing plates, we had Three Duck Rice – Arroz Con Pato (HK$238). It’s called three duck since it has all duck leg confit, duck breasts and duck egg all in one plate. We particularly adored the duck breasts, the texture and flavour were gorgeous and the saltiness went very well with the green coriander rice in paella style.
The Argentine Ribeye (HK$378; 12oz) was another surprise. The meat was well marbled with the right amount of fat that all the juices would explode in your mouth upon bites. The ribeye also came with three sauces: the Argentine style chimichurri sauce, the tomato salad-Mexican style Pico de Gallo, and the Peruvian chillí Aji limo sauce. It’s twists and turns dipping the steak in different sauces as they each offer a unique sensation.
The entire perfect dining experience was completed with Tres Leches (HK$75), which is a Mexican cake mixed with three different milk – evaporate, condensed and coconut milk. The sweetness was spot on and made our tummy happy.
The whole dining experience was flawless in Picada. Absolutely excellent food with friendly staff and most importantly, the warm and lively atmosphere that made us feel like we were eating in a one big family. We loved all the dishes there but if we only had to recommend you three dishes to order (since we suppose normal people won’t be able to eat as much as we did), we would say Peruvian Ceviche, Beef Skewers and the Three Duck Rice for sure.
2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 3425 4037