Pica Rico – Exciting Mexican and Japanese-inspired Café opens in heart of Penzance

A husband and wife duo are bringing a taste of Mexican and Japanese cuisines to a Penzance tearoom.

Chefs Francis Pipe and Jennifer Herrera met while working in a top Dubai restaurant and have gone on to take their own unique cuisine on the road, running successful pop ups in London, Berlin and Istanbul, before settling in Cornwall.

They opened Pica Rico late this summer after spotting an opportunity in a recently-closed tearoom on Market Place, Penzance and have already gained a loyal following with their exciting Mexican and Japanese-inspired cooking, created with locally sourced produce.

Pica Rico is all about vibrancy, from the food to the décor, and offers diners a unique, casual dining experience, with generous breakfasts, lunch and dinner options, as well as in-house blended fruit drinks and special evenings – including Taco Fridays & Saturday’s Pozoleria.

The couple married in a traditional ceremony at Jennifer’s family home in Mexico City. It was while visiting family in Cornwall, where Francis grew up, that they both fell in love with Penzance and decided to return for good.

Mexican culture and flavours are at the heart of their cooking and the ethos behind Pica Rico is all about sustainable and delicious food. Fresh Cornish produce is cooked using Mexican and Japanese techniques.

Jennifer and Francis are both trained chefs, with many years of experience cooking in restaurants around the world, and they source only the freshest ingredients: including day boat fish direct from Newlyn Harbour, organic, locally grown vegetables, Cornish chillies and free-range Cornish meats.

A small, frequently changing blackboard menu offers vegetarian and vegan options. All dishes are naturally gluten free.

For more details on Pica Rico you can visit their Instagram site: instagrampicaricoworldwide, or better still… Pop in and try the delicious food for yourself.

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