Ayllu

3.9
131 Reviews
£25 and under
Peruvian
Escape the chaos of city life and enter a social haven of comfort and warmth in the heart of Paddington, London. With rich, dark green walls, elaborate décor and plush banquette seating, Ayllu is a Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant serving contemporary sharing plates, sushi and innovative cocktails.

The cosy restaurant is built around the traditions of the Ayllu community of the Inca Empire. The Ayllu was a group of families that lived together, worked the land together and shared their belongings and mealtimes, just like a large family. Much like the Incan civilisation, Ayllu is about the coming together of friends and families and taking time to share an experience of great food and innovative cocktails with loved ones.

Drawing on the inspiration of the Ayllu community, the menu consists of innovative small plates, designed for the whole table to share. Traditional Peruvian flavours are paired with Japanese influences, bringing fresh and zesty aromas to each dish.

Experiences

  • Join us for dining and live DJ sessions!

    Multiple dates available

    Soak up in the stunning surroundings, while our favourite resident DJ performs the most fantastic tunes from Thursday through to Saturday nights, including Saturday brunch.
  • Sharing Nikkei Tasting Menu A - 8 Courses, £40pp!

    Multiple dates available

    The tasting menu A priced at £40pp to share, an exploration of the very best flavours of Peru & Japan, taking you on a culinary journey. Tasting Menu includes: Salted Edamame Beans Ceviche Mixto Smoked Octopus Tiradito Fish Croquette Uramaki Salmon Octopus A La Plancha Lomo Saltado Chef's Choice Dessert
  • Sharing Nikkei Tasting Menu B, 8 Courses - £55pp!

    Multiple dates available

    The food we bring to you from this Tasting Menu are traditional Peruvian flavours paired with the influence of the Japanese. Menu includes: Salted Edamame Beans, Ceviche Mixto, Ceviche Nikkei, Salmon Taco, 3 Varieties of Nigiri Chef's Selection, Uramaki California, Cazuela Sabor A Mar, Rack of Lamb, Chef's Choice Dessert
  • Premium Sharing Tasting Menu, 10 Courses - £75pp.

    Multiple dates available

    Our fusion food creates fresh and zingy aromas within each dish and a truly memorable experience. At Ayllu we’ve got Premium Tasting Menu which includes Japanese-Peruvian fusion dishes that really combine the best from both cultures. The menu compromises: Miso Padron Pepper, Negi Toro Gunkan, Ceviche Nikkei, Hamachi Tiradito, 3 Varieties of Sashimi Chef's Selection, Uramaki Crab, Slow-cooked short beef rib, Black Cod, Pachamanca a la olla, Chef's Choice Dessert
  • Bento Box at Ayllu, £18pp

    Multiple dates available

    All our customized Bento Boxes includes our most loved wakame gunkan, avocado maki, our pickled ginger and edamame beans, and completes with our famous fried rice and poached egg. As for the main show stopper, you can choose a crunchy side of tempura chicken, or, if you’re craving for a more traditional Peru take, try our Lomo saltado - stir-fried sirloin. A vegan version of our Bento Box comes with Fried Tofu! Each is priced at £18. Looking for a fish option? Try Bento Box with a Grilled Salmon for £22.
  • Nikkei Bottomless Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Our brunch is available at £30pp includes a Japanese-Peruvian fusion Tasting Menu that can be paired with an unlimited drinks package for a full hour and a half for an additional £25pp or £35pp! Enjoy Ayllu classics such as Ceviche Mixto with sea bass, octopus, coriander & lime, signature Salmon Tacos with mango, followed by rich and delicious Chocolate maki. The food can be matched with selected wines and beer for an additional £25pp or a second bundle that includes champagne and expertly blended cocktails priced at an extra £35pp, every drink is intended to feature the most sensitive and extreme kinds of our menu.

Offers

  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Sun - Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 131 people are saying
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AngieK
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday dinner at this restaurant on Sat. Delicious food - particularly the ceviche! The waiter did a great job of explaining the menu, which was really helpful!
Exemplary service given by all the staff. Staff were happy, attentive, warm and bubbly throughout! Decor gives a romantic ambience and the live DJ plays great music, which just added to the experience. Complementary ‘Happy Birthday’ dessert was given (total surprise). Staff sang Happy Birthday and other diners also joined in! The staff really made this night special. Some lovely memories made. Throughly enjoyed and would highly recommend. Value for money and a nice little hidden gem of a restaurant! Thank you Ayllu!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun night and extremely tasty food and cocktails. We went for the tasting menu so we could try a bit of everything and every single dish was delicious. DJ added to the liveliness - overall I would definitely recommend for a group of friends or romantic date night!

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Julie
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have all had in ages. Extremely impressed with the variety & standard of the food as well as presentation.
Decor was stunning.
Service was professional, efficient & friendly.
Will definitely go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was not good, service was average and there was no ambiance

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GabyG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, deco and music are great. They have spanish and english waiters so if you don't speak english and want to enjoy a great meal you are safe you to come here. Cocktails are good aswell.

GM
GhizalaM
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid at all costs.

Despite accepting our booking for 9pm, we were rushed from the moment we sat down. The waitress made us feel like we were an inconvenience. She came over multiple times to tell us to hurry up.

The website said the restaurant closed at 11pm, but they made it clear they wanted us out before. The food was poor and overprice.

Really unenjoyable evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous bottomless brunch. The food was AMAZING as was the service. I believe our servers name was Daniel and he was so attentive and fun. Great value for the money. We’ll definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ayllu provided incredible food and ambiance, but the highlight was definitely the service. Our waitress Anna made the experience personal and fun, and we left the restaurant already with plans to return

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Lowri
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and ambience was lovely. Perfect romantic meal!

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Adrian
London
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We arrived on time and we’re told to wait upstairs. We were eventually seated late only to be told that the kitchens were closed when we wanted to order our main meal. We were so disappointed and left very hungry.

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IoneG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe and the atmosphere. I would recommend for the stunning anterior and great cocktails.

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vipmunm
London
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Nice peruvian/japanese fusion concept that works well. Food tasty and generally of a high standard. Salmon tacos delicious. Did feel the service was slightly rushed and not particularly friendly, in a hurry to move our group on, e.g. server holding bill prior to us even ordering desert. Diners should also be aware if choosing to sit outdoors, the seating area is shared with the Smith/Grill bar and also likely to encounter passive smoking.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor sitting and delicious sushi. Will be back for sure.

PJ
PJ19
London
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vibe, great staff and a brilliant place! Definitely one of my favourite places!

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HappyCustomer
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Greattt food. Fantastic music. Friendly staff however a bit slow serving. Will definetly be back again.

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NNRC
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice food. Cocktails are good too. Service is attentive and helpful.
Music is funky and matches the stylish and modern decor. Nice place to sit and good for dating!:) Comparable with Money House but not yet Amazinico

Didn’t like the lavatories, no lotion and they are not the cleanest as they are shared with upstairs restaurant (Smith’s)

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ziazan
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fast, efficient and friendly service. Served by a Spanish waiter, did not get his name, but he was very lovely and helpful!
Beautiful restaurant.
Atmosphere is very calm, even though we went on a football night!
Definitely coming back.

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Abdelhadi
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and amazing service, definitely will be going back

JV
JoanV
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely okay, the only complain was the small portion of lomo saltado.

PJ
PJ19
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe, amazing food and nice cocktails. Makes for a great evening out!

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Molly
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and beautiful food, would 10/10 go back & would highly recommend. Cheers!

AJ
vipAJ123
London
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous little find - tucked away under a pub but fully soundproof (we didn't even hear England win!) Food was so good, if a little pricey - and the service was friendly and quick.

A perfect cosy and elegant evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice inside, music was a bit loud but other than that it was very nice and the server was very friendly.

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Kassm
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was very good but the service was shockingly slow and frustrating. Took roughly half an hour to get my first drink! Also had to remind our waiter to bring us soy sauce for our sushi. I could hear similar discussions on nearby tables so it doesn’t seem like my experience was alone. Could hardly hear over the loud music and could barely read the menu it’s so dark. I must admit the music and light levels didn’t bother me as much as the diabolical service.
Honestly there are so much nicer Asian restaurants in London, I wouldn’t bother booking this one!!

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AnhTuan
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coming feom a chef myself the food was top notch fresh and amazing standard was very high and Khalid who was looking after us was amazing in everyway thank you for the service and wonderful night much appreciated my sister really enjoyed her birthday there!!

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Ruta
London
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food and amazing hand sanitizer :) nice staff

FJ
FionaJ
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Met up with an old friend… the food, cocktails and service were all great!

L
London
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food but very slow service had to keep chasing up drinks/food

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AlhasanS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good food, nice low lit interior. Good service, took a little time to find suitable options with the allergen menu, but got there in the end.

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Simmi
London
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the bottomless brunch with sharing menu and every course was super delicious & some of the best dishes I’ve had in a very long time!
I couldn’t fault the service- we had Tamas serving us & he was just amazing & super helpful. We went for my husbands birthday and he made sure to make it a special one :)
We also had the espresso martinis - which were out of this world!

Definitely recommend - for food ; for drinks and for the atmosphere!

LM
LorelleM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful father's Day lunch here. The food was incredibly presented and the host was very entertaining and helpful. Amazing experience, food was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was ok but the service totally diabolical. It took ages to get our food. , the restaurant wasn’t even busy. By the time we got our second dish (over 1/2 hour gap ) we didn’t want to eat. The black cod was bitter and tasted off. Will not be going back

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Daniela
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was great but the service wasn’t! Was a long wait to order anything and waiters working weren’t very polite!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening outside dining under the canopy - the heavens opened but the food was delicious and the cocktails strong…what else is there! Great place thanks

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Liam
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I visited Ayllu for a date, the restaurant is paired with another steak house style restaurant, both hosting screens with Euros 2021 on. As it was very busy, service was rather slow, but the attendants did apologise, and it was very hard to hear my date speak from across the table.
The food was fantastic, and came out promptly, however I did have to order twice as the first ordered just weren’t big enough for my large appetite.

MC
MichaelC
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had about 8 very tasty starters between two of us for lunch on their sunny terrace overlooking lively Grand Union Canal. Almost every dish was a 10 out of 10. Polite staff too.

JH
JuneH
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food selection, great service and a lovely setting for lunch on a summer's day - couldn't have asked for anything more!

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smasha
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. The staff were very accommodating and attentive to our dietary requirements. Lovely sitting by the canal side whilst we ate, watching the world go by.

DK
DariuszK
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a nice outside terrace! Great for Brunch!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice DJ, good food, interesting basement decoration.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ayllu using the Order Online button. Ayllu also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Ayllu also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7286 9458.

Ayllu is rated 3.9 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.