Ayllu

3.9
119 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

  • Nikkei Bottomless Brunch

    £40.00 per person

    May 22 - Aug 29, 2021

    We are pairing the Japanese-Peruvian fusion Tasting Menu for 2 with bottomless bubbles for a full hour and a half! Available on Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 5pm.
  • London Restaurant Festival Nikkei 5 Course Tasting

    £45.00 per person

    Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2021

    Enjoy all the delicacies of Peru at Ayllu, as we offer 5-course tasting menu £45pp (Vegan tasting menu available at £34pp)
  • 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.

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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 119 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
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3.6
service
3.8
ambience
3.6
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IoneG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipmunm
London
26 reviews
Dined on 19 July 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.

PJ
PJ19
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HC
HappyCustomer
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

NN
NNRC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 July 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
1 review
Dined on 11 July 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
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JV
JoanV
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PJ
PJ19
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 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 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AJ
vipAJ123
London
26 reviews
Dined on 7 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 2 July 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 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food and amazing hand sanitizer :) nice staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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London
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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

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AlhasanS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 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 20 June 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 20 June 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 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 19 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 8 June 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 6 June 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.

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DariuszK
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LesleyL
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Absolutely delicious food, but the service was very slow. Asked several times for water which never arrived, took ages to order drinks and food, which then all arrived at the same time. It was very noisy, but there was a loud party of 12 on the table next to us, which may also have been why the service was so slow. Waiting staff seemed hassled and disinterested. Asked for bill, which then took another 15mins to arrive - only arrived when they spotted us getting our jackets and masks on!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is outstanding. The outdoor seating was a bit cramped under the circumstances but not bad. My only gripes are the Pisco Sour cocktails were half froth and only had a mouthful of actual cocktail in them and therefore a bit of a ripoff. Despite service already being included in the bill, the waiter also asked for gratuity- NEVER seen that before. I also made a special request to help celebrate my friends birthday that was not acknowledged at all. Would still highly recommend- the food was exceptional.

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DeeW
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Decor and overall appearance of the restaurant was very nice. Service was poor, took around 30 minutes to take orders. Ordered everything at once (drinks, starters, mains) but it took almost an hour from being seated to receive the starters (Bao Buns were really good) and then 2 hours from being seated to receive the mains (Ayllu chicken fried rice wasn’t worth the wait).

It was a pretty busy night, not sure if they were understaffed but the wait times put us off ordering desserts.

May return in the future to try other items of the menu and for dessert, maybe the service will be better.

MC
MekdesC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would like to a say special thank you to Marco for looking after us the whole evening. We would definitely come back soon.😃

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nickk
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Overpriced Food Extra Small Portions Careless Staff
A very expensive and disappointing experience to an otherwise nice area and location. The portions where too small by far, smaller than starters. Staff didn't care to provide any service and food was just ordinary nothing to get excited about. However for such an experience the price was extraordinarily high. If you want to destroy one of your evenings just book there. Disappointment guaranteed.

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vipAngeloA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food is outstanding!! The food quality and the presentation are 10/10! Cocktails are also amazing!
But we were let down by the service - slow and there was a lack of communication when our food was delayed and no one came to us to give us an update on the order. We had the feeling they are understaffed so I really hope it’s a temporary situation. We will definitely go back though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We stayed 43 minutes waiting for a bottle of wine and 2 beers, not mentioning the time that we waited for someone to come to our table to ask what we wanted. Terrible service.

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Dressagediva
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lovely food, but restaurant area was so dark it was hard to read menu or see the food when it arrived. However, the food tasted wonderful!

HJ
HelenJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, attentive and helpful service, a fab afternoon.

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Gurpal
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great food, the beef especially, best I have ever had! But was a bit too noisy, was on a first date and struggled to hear her sometimes, partly because the restaurant is in the basement so all the sound is bouncing around more. But would be great for a group of friends on a night out

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shirleyR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

My first visit to Ayllu was really disappointing, from waiting ages for somebody to acknowledge we had arrived and show us to our table to waiting ages for our order to be taken, to waiting ages for the food to arrive and so on it was disappointment after disappointment. The wine list is hopeless, poor quality wines at inflated prices. The cocktails are pretty but over diluted. When the food finally arrived some of it was over cooked (black) and we sent it back. The portions are not generous, we ordered 3 starters to share and 4 main courses also to share between 4 and had to order another main but still left hungry because by then nobody wanted to stay for desert. The management is disorganised and distracted. The waiting staff disinterested. The quality of the ingredients is good, but the kitchen doesn’t know how to use them with any degree of skill which is a pity. I would not recommend.

FAQs

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

Ayllu is rated 3.9 stars by 119 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 bookings at the moment.