In yesterday’s Evening Standard, I came across this article on the latest edition to London’s Peruvian restaurant scene. Last month, the Peruvian fine dining restaurant ‘Lima’ opened with over a thousand bookings already taken, and has apparently “continued to thrive despite the economic gloom”.
What I was most interested in was how the restaurant’s owner, Gabriel Gonzalez said that eating out is the “last luxury” that Londoners can afford.
First of all, I for one, cannot afford to eat out nearly as much as I would like (but then if I had it my way I’d eat out A LOT). Even with my latest genius purchase, a Tastecard (which neither Ceviche or Lima accepts), I still consider myself as a foodie on a very tight leash.
Take a look at the Lima menu: http://www.limalondon.com/perch/resources/menu-all-2.pdf
The menu is laid out in a “fine dining” style, but the dishes really do look inspiring. You’re so focused on the exotic ingredients and interesting combinations, that you almost don’t notice the fact that you can’t get a starter for under £7. Almost.
But what’s ten English pounds for a delicious “braised octopus al olivo, organic white quinoa and botija olive bubbles”?! And seabass causa, I haven’t come across that before…
It wasn’t lost on me that Lima also offers a 3-course lunch menu for £20 that, unlike most set menus in fine dining establishments, appears as though it doesn’t economize on the quality.
Ooh, organic salmon tiradito, braised lamb shoulder and dulce de leche ice cream on top! It really is a good deal…it could be a weekend treat. I won’t go out that night…
Whilst not every Londoner will agree with Gonzalez, I for one can’t deny my reaction to the menu and my subsequent reasoning. Perhaps true London foodies really will spend their last pennies on good food, as their last little luxuries.