Lima Floral – my Peruvian dinner

Lima Floral is the baby sister of Michelin-stared Lima Fitzrovia; created as a more affordable option. We’re talking £18 a main rather than £25, but still, we appreciate the gesture from creator Virgilio Martinez. We patiently await your basic range before we become regulars – like Tesco finest versus Tesco value. Restaurants should do that.

Again, Lima Floral is  Peruvian themed but with less fuss, slightly friendlier pricing and a wonderful basement bar. I among many am very pleased about this opening, particularly because I’ve not been lucky enough to visit the flagship.

Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
Lima, on Floral St, Covent Garden
Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
Blue’s & greens dominate the Peruvian restaurant

At Lima Floral, you get to experience the work of a supreme chef for a bargain £45 per head. You’ll eat food you’ve never tried before and discover unique flavours from stunningly presented,  perfectly served dishes. It fits the first date category, whilst Lima Fitzrovia sits more with  anniversary material – a reward which takes a lot more leg work.

Downstairs in the bar (for brilliant pre-dinner drinking), the staff helpfully chose all of our cocktails as we were a bit clueless to the Peruvian classics. We guzzled sour Pisco Classico’s & Maracuya’s, zingy Chilcanos Clasico’s & Maracuya’s, delicate Fifth Flowers, and a very sweet Frutas de la selva and my god they were superb.

lima london peruvian menu
A CHILCANOS CLASICO (£9), a PISCO SOUR CLASICO (£8.50) & A FIFTH FLOWER (£9)

Food wise, the hot sea bream in ‘tiger’s milk’ with sweet potato puree was the best dish we had, whilst the rare sliced beef sudado swimming in a quinoa and coriander sauce came in second. A lot of effort and detail goes into the food, the service was also excellent. You’ll notice ‘tigers milk’ is used a lot – I learnt this is a citrus-based ceviche marinade, for all it’s worth…

The ceviche style in general (hot and cold) was something new and different to try, and the desserts, although heavily pisco-influenced were sublime.

Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
TUNA CAUSA – Yellow Potato. Crudo Vegetable Roots. Tuna Tartar. (£10)
Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
TIRADITO – Sea Bream. Green Tiger’s Milk. Crushed Giant Corn (£9)
Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
CRUDO MAR – Salmon. Rocoto Chili Pepper. Blue Potato. (£9)
Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
LECHE DE TIGRE – Yellow Tiger’s Milk. Crunchy Asparagus Peru (£9)
cerviche
SEAM BREAM CEVICHE Seam Bream. Tiger’s Milk. Avocado. Crispy Onions. Cancha Corn. (£10)
BEEF SUDADO  Seared Entrecote. Coriander. Heritage Tomato. White Quinoa.(£24)
BEEF SUDADO
Seared Entrecote. Coriander. Heritage Tomato. White Quinoa.(£24)
GRILLED MONKFISH Yellow Chili Pepper. Courgette. Green & Red Tiger’s Milk. Green Leaves. (£20)
GRILLED MONKFISH
Yellow Chili Pepper. Courgette. Green & Red Tiger’s Milk. Green Leaves. (£20)
 HOT CEVICHE A LA PIEDRA Sea Bream. Hot Tiger’s Milk. Sweet Potato. “Yuyo” Seaweed. (£18)
HOT CEVICHE A LA PIEDRA
Sea Bream. Hot Tiger’s Milk. Sweet Potato. “Yuyo” Seaweed. (£18)
Lima floral peruvian food menu covent garden
SUSPIRO ARDIENTE – Dulce de Leche. Beetroot. Dry Limo Chili Pepper. (£6) CAFÉ PERUANO – Purple Potato. Coffee Ice Cream. Red Kiwicha (£6) & CHOCOLATE – Palo Blanco Peru Cacao. Oat and Wood Sorrel (£6)

x The London Whistler x

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8 thoughts on “Lima Floral – my Peruvian dinner

  1. The colours on each dish look so vibrant and inviting! I’ve yet to try Peruvian food in London so I think I’ll be checking this place out, thanks for the review!

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