On our mission to find a piece of the world in London: LIMA Floral, a bite of Peru in London.
LIMA Floral is a Peruvian restaurant located in Covent Garden. It has a vibrant Pisco Bar downstairs, a sophisticated but young restaurant upstairs. The master behind: Virgilio Martinez, chef at Central in Lima, Peru – 5th Best Restaurant in the world. No need to explain how excited we were to try his concept in London.
Eager to taste as much as possible, we chose the 6 course brunch menu.
Thanks to its long multicultural history, Peruvian cuisine is an exemplar of fusion. The menu at LIMA Floral flawlessly reflects that: flavours and ingredients from Peru brought to London, combined with UK sourced products, topped with Chinese, Japanese and Spanish influences.
The menu hit off with 4 starters: yuca crisps, beef empanada, seabream ceviche and chicken causa, all beautifully presented in a clean and contemporary style. For the main Lucas chose a Peruvian classic: lomo saltado (marinated beef strips), I chose the Japanese inspired hake nisei. Vegetarian options available, although the quinoa causa as a starter hit miss: the causa wasn’t a proper causa, but a cooked potato served with quinoa. For dessert alfajores (biscuits filled with dulce de leche) – the Latin American macaroon if you want.
Lucas went bottomless with Pisco Mary (Bloody Mary made with Pisco), and boy, the Pisco wasn’t sparse. The non-alcoholic alternatives disappointed: soft drinks or a super sweet and fruity mocktail. I would have appreciated some grown up options – maybe a twist on chicha morada?
So, did we find a piece of Peru in London? Definitely. The food transported us back to the dinner we had at Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Peru. From start to finish a true showcase of Peruvian cuisine.
The practical bit
Cost: £ 29 for 6 course brunch menu, £ 15 on top for bottomless Pisco Mary
Location: 14 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BJ, UK