Review: Lima Floral

This might be one of the prettiest blog post I’ve created…

Considered one of London’s top Peruvian restaurants, Lima Floral in Covent Garden makes art out of Peruvian food. The younger sibling of Michelin Starred Lima in Fitzrovia, Lima Floral is yet another success story for founders Virgilio Martinez and Robert Ortiz.

Less fussy and more affordable than the fancy Lima Fitzrovia, Lima Floral is bright and airy, serving the same Peruvian classics…but with a kick.

So what did we eat? I’ll let the photos do the talking…

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We had a selection of starters to share, which included a mix of Peruvian classics with clear Asian influences. The tuna tiradito (above) and the Huancaina beef (below) were artfully presented in a floral design – making the dishes very Instagram-worthy! The thin strips of beef were melt in the mouth perfect, with a sweet and creamy huancaina sauce to give it a classic finish.

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The Sea Bream ceviche was delicately flavoured, not packing as big a punch as others on offer in Ceviche or Andina, but used slightly unusual herbs to accompany it.

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For mains, I ordered the Chicken Pachamama with Salsa Criollo. Tender chicken drumsticks in a nutty, spicy sauce and pureed corn. Along with sides of black quinoa, sweet potato, green kale and vegetables, it was a feast.We almost didn’t have room for desert…

But when the dulce de leche alfajores turned up, we decided it was rude to refuse!

I left Lima Floral feeling slightly relieved. Having had concerns about Peruvian restaurants in London becoming too Westernised, the news that Lima Fitzrovia had received a Michelin Star was a little bittersweet. However, Lima Floral has managed to continue cooking with the class of a Michelin star level team, whilst retaining authenticity and affordability.

With the very reasonable ‘long lunch’ menu for £30, Lima Floral need not be reserved for a post-payday blowout. In fact, it’s ridiculously good value for a restaurant of this calibre.

Keep it up Lima, keep it up.

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