Stepping inside Chicama’s bright and contemporary-rustic restaurant evokes an atmosphere one might hope to find in a relaxed and refined South American eatery. Seizing much of its inspiration from the coastal cuisine of Peru with a sole spotlight on their fresh seafood alongside fabulous vegetable dishes, the dynamic flavours and style of presentation of the native land are embedded into each dish with real soul and exciting flair. This elegantly understated and chic spot is situated along the famed King’s Road of Chelsea and just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge of the River Thames too. Chicama is also a sister restaurant to the much-loved Pachamama restaurants in Marylebone and Shoreditch. We stop by Chicama to try the most well-loved dishes.
Pastel blue walls stand adjacent to terracotta-sea-pink tiles and against gorgeous dark wooden upholstery creating an inviting and warm rustic atmosphere that is elevated with marble accents and brasserie-style tables, reflecting the Chelsea neighbourhood’s penchant for simple, contemporary glamour. On this particularly gorgeous day that we visited, the vibe in the establishment felt so relaxed and casually upbeat, there was a freshness emphasised in the very heart of their restaurant’s concept, further reflected in every aspect of Chicama, from the lovely contemporary folk and soft rock we heard playing to the inclusion of vine plants framing the walls and around the ceiling brass wine racks and big, lush and leafy potted plants placed around their outdoor seating area.